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.


Phalacrocorax carbo




Large, long necked - usually with a white throat and iridescent black plumage elsewhere. It appears black from a distance, with its snake-like neck and it is often seen amongst the waves, before diving to catch fish.

Occupies a special place in Norse folklore, as the spirit of seafarers lost to the sea. It often swims so low in the water that only the serpent-like neck can be seen.


All UK coasts, plus inland reservoirs and rivers.

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