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.

Bloody Henry

Henricia oculata and H. sanguinolenta


Echinoderms, Starfish


A vivid pink-purple colouration with bright orange tips to the arms.

Less voracious than the common starfish, it feeds at least partly on materials it can catch from floating plankton.


On lower shore, south and west UK, especially in places where waves and currents are strong.


Rocky shore, Middle shore, Lower shore, Subtidal, Rock pools

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