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.


Great scallop

Pecten maximus

Type

Molluscs, Shells

Description

An animal with two familiar-shaped hinged shells, with one shell much flatter than the other. Also called king scallop.

A really sensitive animal, with many “eyes” and a tendency to jump suddenly at a hint of danger!

Location

Common on the seabed in shallow waters around Torbay

Habitat

Seabed

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