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.

Common dolphin

Delphinus delphis


Cetaceans, Marine mammals, Dolphins


Distinctive hourglass pattern of cream, with light and dark grey. Medium-sized dolphin, and really acrobatic - it will often “bow-ride” in front of a moving boat.

Just occasionally, a “superpod” of hundreds of these dolphins will appear from the wider Atlantic.


From clifftop or boat around the UK - Cardigan Bay can be a hotspot.


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