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.

Lesser spotted dogfish (or Small-spotted catshark)

Scyliorhinus canicula


Fish, Sharks


Sleek and slender with large, black eyes and many small spots. It eats worms and small fish.

This is a shark that lays eggs, called mermaid’s purses that frequently wash up on the beach, too.


Found around all coasts in shallow waters, sometimes washed up, or left by anglers on the beach.


Strandline, Subtidal, Seabed,

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