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.

White beaked dolphin

Lagenorhynchus albirostris


Cetaceans, Marine mammals, Dolphins


A large, attractive character, may bow-ride with ships and lift entirely out of the water when swimming at speed. White-tipped beak, softly marked white and grey sides.

Sometimes found in the company of much larger whales.


Usually lives in deep offshore waters, so best seen by boat - but visits northern UK coasts in Summer. East Scotland, Northumberland.


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