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.

Angular roughshark

Oxynotus centrina




The angular roughshark is aptly named for its pointed head and fins, and the rough teeth-like scales which cover its body. It has a broad, flattened head, a short, blunt nose and two tall dorsal fins, which look a little like sails. The angular roughshark eats worms, crustaceans and molluscs, which it feeds on by using a suction technique.

Adult female angular roughsharks don’t lay eggs, but they give birth to well-developed baby sharks, known as pups. These pups are quite large, at between 21-24cm in length, and a female can have 10-12 pups in a litter!


Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - found from South Africa to Norway.


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