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.


Fulmar

Fulmarus glacialis

Type

Birds

Description

Stocky, gull-like, with grey wings and a white body. It has a distinctive bill, with large “nostrils”. The Fulmar barely beats its wings as it flies low over the sea, picking floating food from the surface. It defends its nest by spitting a foul-smelling oil at any intruder!

Sadly, these birds often eat harmful plastic items floating amongst their food.

Location

All coasts, most common off north and east coasts.

Habitat

Cliffs, Open ocean

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