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.

Buoy barnacle

Dosima fascicularis


Crustaceans, Barnacles


A floating barnacle, with legs that stick out from an almost-transparent body case, and a stalk attached to its own float.

The barnacle secretes its own float, which resembles yellow polysterene.


Coming from the Mid Atlantic Ocean, may wash up on the beach after South Westerly winds.


Open ocean, Strandline

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