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 prawn

Palaemon serratus




It has an almost transparent body, with black stripes. Its legs are banded blue, yellow and black, colouring that is more visible on bigger specimens.

Often found alongside lobsters and crabs, where they can grab scraps of food from these bigger, messy eaters.


In pools, under ledges, amongst rocks.


Rocky shore, Lower shore, Subtidal, Seabed, Rock pools

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