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.

Plumose anemone

Metridium senile


Anemones, Cnidarians


Ivory-white, tall anemone with feathery tentacles when underwater - but a contracted, floppy blob if exposed by the tide.

Often attach themselves to shipwrecks on the seabed.


On some pier legs and boulders, but usually found in deeper water.


Man-made habitats, Subtidal

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