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.


Herring

Clupea harengus

Type

Fish

Description

Small fish with silver sides and belly. Upper sections can have a blue-green tinge. Dark head, gills and its scales are quite large and easily detached from the body.

Atlantic herring can shoal in absolutely massive numbers. Herring shoals have been reported in sizes of one cubic mile, containing several billion individual fish.

Location

Found throughout UK waters, but the highest populations are found in the northern North Sea.

Habitat

Open ocean

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