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 whelk egg cases

Buccinum undatum

Type

Molluscs

Description

The puffy balls of white eggcases come from the common whelk which are laid on the seabed by these large sea snails.

Apparently, they used to be used by sailors as wash balls!

Location

Everywhere, especiallly common in the north.

Habitat

Seabed, Strandline

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