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.

Dog whelk

Nucella lapillus


Molluscs, Shells


Plain white or grey, but often banded yellow or brown.

Began to disappear when tin-based paints were used on boats - the paints have been banned following an MCS campaign.


On rocks, all around the UK coastline.


Rocky shore, Rock pools

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