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.

Keyhole limpet

Diodora graeca


Molluscs, Shells


The animal’s shell is very limpet like, ridged and with a slotted hole at the apex of the shell.

Unlike its common limpet relatives, the bright orangey-yellow animal inside seems not to fit inside its shell.


Widespread but uncommon - you just might find one on lower shore rocks, or a washed up shell.

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