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.

Sperm whale

Physeter catodon




A huge head with toothed mouth often agape, and crinkly skin.

The sperm whale’s brain is the largest and heaviest known of any animal.


Rarely seen, most commonly found stranded in estuaries including those on the east coast.

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