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.

Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae




Enormous size, knobbly head, ling fins, with a subtle but distinctive hump near the dorsal fin.

The population of humpback whales in the Atlantic may be beginning to recover from whaling, and on the rise.


At sea, to the west of the UK and Ireland, especially during spring and autumn migrations.

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