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.


Goose barnacle

Lepas anatifera

Type

Crustaceans

Description

An unusual-looking animal, enclosed by bony plates which open up to allow it to sway its legs out to catch food! 

Usually lives attached to logs, it can also hitch along on ships, and larger animals such as turtles and whales.

Location

Usually drifting on floating (or swimming!) objects at sea, they wash up especially on west coasts after storms.

Habitat

Open ocean

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