UK Seas

Discover the wonderful sea creatures that inhabit the UK seas and shores

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UK seas is a guide to the fauna and flora found around UK coasts. While the majority of species are marine, some species are included that are regularly encountered on land by the coast, so you’ll find descriptions of non-marine species such as reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants as well.

Common seal

Phoca vitulina

The Common seal has finely spotted grey/brown fur, a rounded head with no visible ears, and 'V' shaped nostrils help tell it apart from the grey seal. It Seems clumsy on land, but graceful under water.
Picture of Common seal

Grey seal

Halichoerus grypus

Distinctly dog-like face, with a roman nose, visible ears and mottled grey in colour. It is bulkier than the common seal.
Picture of Grey seal

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