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.

Manx shearwater

Puffinus puffinus




A slender bird, dark black/brown above and pale below. May follow hunting dolphin pods, picking up fish flushed to the surface.

Has long been associated with the Isle of Man, but rats introduced to the Calf of Man reduced its population there.


Off Western coasts in Spring and Summer - spends the winter near South America.

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