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.

Dahlia anemone

Urticina felina


Anemones, Cnidarians


A stunning, substantial anemone with bulbed tentacles of concentric reds, whites and other colours - but it is usually hidden amongst sand and gravel when the tide is out.

A powerful predator that can catch and devour shrimps and small fish.


At the base of gulleys on rocky shores and underwater


Rocky shore, Lower shore, Subtidal

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