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.


Coley (or saithe)

Pollachius virens

Type

Fish

Description

Brownish, cod-like fish. A single pale line which runs straight along the side of its body is distinctive.

Can grow to an enormous size - weighing over 20kg, though sadly few reach such proportions.

Location

May be found anywhere in UK, but more common on north and east coasts. Often congregate near rocky gulleys, pier legs etc.

Habitat

Subtidal

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