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.

King scallop

Pecten maximus


Molluscs, Shells


The king scallop has a large, fan-shaped pair of pale shells, rather like the familiar petroleum company’s logo.

Scallops can move quickly, lifting themselves many inches above the seabed in a jerky swimming motion.


On the seabed, on rocky reefs and gravelly seafloors.

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