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.

Pink sea fan

Eunicella verrucosa




Pink sea fans are formed from a colony of tiny anemone-like polyps and may be deep pink to white in colour.

Taking decades to grow, seafans can be destroyed by heavy fishing gears.


Lives on the seabed, but dead specimens can be found on beaches washed up after a storm. South and west.


Strandline, Seabed

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