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.


Atlantic triggerfish

Balistes capriscus

Type

Fish

Description

A tropical-looking fish with scrawly grey markings, a beak-like mouth, and a dorsal fin that can be triggered into defensive action, giving its name.

Its jaws can crack open the toughest of mussel and clam shells.

Location

Surprisingly common around the south and west, where the gulf stream provides the warmth they need to survive.

Habitat

Subtidal

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