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.


Orca

Orcinus orca

Type

Cetaceans

Description

Mostly black, with white markings when seen from surface - mostly white below. Adult male has a very tall dorsal fin.

Individuals often congregate in pods, caring diligently for new calves.

Location

Rare, but regular visitor particularly to Northern seas.

Habitat

Open ocean

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