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 blenny or shanny

Lipophrys pholis




A perky fish, mostly green or brown, with variable patches of other colours. Able to change its colour to coordinate with its surroundings. It has eyes near top of its head.

Adapted to survive out of water for a number of hours. Note: beak-like mouth (for munching barnacles) can give a nasty nip.


All around the UK, usually in pools, and sheltering in crevices and amongst weeds when the tide is out.


Rocky shore, Upper shore, Middle shore, Lower shore, Rock pools

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