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.

Bladder wrack

Fucus vesiculosus




A conspicuous olive green to brown weed, found on the middle of the shore as the tide goes out.

The gas-filled bladders help the weed float towards the sunlit surface.


Strandline, Rocky shore, Rock pools

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