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.

Jewel anemone

Corynactis viridis


Anemones, Cnidarians


Pretty, vibrantly coloured, with translucent tentacles. Found in a range of greens, pinks, purples, yellows and browns.

Can reproduce by splitting into carbon-copies, so colonies are often a carpet of the same bright colour.


Usually found only beneath the waves, they make an exciting find at low tide in shaded rocky gulleys and overhangs on exposed rocky coasts


Rocky shore, Lower shore, Subtidal

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