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.

Spiny squat lobster

Galathea strigosa


Crustaceans, Lobsters


Looking a little like a mini-lobster or crab, with red and blue stripes, and long, narrow claws.

Swims away with rapid flicks of a tail, which appears fixed to the body when at rest.


A special find in lower shore rockpools, or in deeper water.


Rock pools, Rocky shore, Lower shore, Subtidal,

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