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 starfish

Asterias rubens


Echinoderms, Starfish


The familiar five-armed shape, and usually orange colour are unmistakeable.

A voracious carnivore that prizes open its mussel prey and secretes digestive juices onto its unfortunate meal!


On lower shore, all around the UK.


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

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