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.

Bottlenose dolphin

Tursiops truncatus


Cetaceans, Marine mammals, Dolphins


A lively dolphin, with a distinctive “beak” and silvery-grey colour. Often seen in family groups.

Can live up to 50 years and more.


The Moray Firth is perhaps the best place in the UK to see bottlenose dolphins from the shore.

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