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.

European cowrie

Trivia monacha


Molluscs, Shells


Distinctive shaped shell, with striped ridges. It is tiny, but as colourful as its larger tropical relatives.

A beautiful gem, no bigger than your little fingernail.


Rocky areas around the UK, widespread but never very numerous.


Rocky shore, Subtidal, Seabed, Lower shore, Mid shore

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