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.


Tope shark

Galeorhinus galeus

Type

Elasmobranch

Description

A steel grey shark with pointed nose and a large dorsal fin, which feeds on fish and crustaceans near the seabed.

Slow growing, they can lie to be over 50 years of age.

Location

Around most of the UK, but scarce in English Channel and North Sea.

Habitat

Open ocean

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