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Basking Shark

Background The second biggest fish in the world; the Basking Shark gets its name from it tendency to be found near the water’s surface where it appears to ‘bask’ in the sun. It has a dull-greyish colour areas of blotchy skin spread across the surface of the animal. Habitat It is a migratory species that […]

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Bottlenose Dolphin

Background One of the most lovable creatures of the sea. The Bottlenose Dolphin can be found in the UK for most of the year around the west coasts of Wales and the east coasts of Scotland. This species is highly intelligent and uses pack hunting techniques and “clicks” to communicate with one another. Habitat This […]

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Harbour Seal

Background The Harbour Seal is one of only two seal species found within the UK. It can easily be identified by its distinctive V-shaped nostrils. Their colour can vary from a grey, brown or tan. Habitat At present there are 5 different subspecies of Harbour Seal, each with their own niche habitat. This ranges across […]

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Ballan Wrasse

Background The Ballan Wrasse is perhaps one of the most flamboyant species of fish found within the British Isles. It is found in an array of different colours that one would expect to see on a tropical coral reef instead of the cooler waters around the North West Atlantic. It is heavy bodied with a […]

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Common Sunstar

Background The Common Sunstar is a species of starfish with 8-14 arms that are lined with very small tube feet that are used to manouvre the animal as well as to grasp onto prey. It has a reddish pink colour with distinct bands of white, pink, yellow or dark red as well as a blunt […]

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Common Sea Urchin

Background The Common Sea Urchin is a globular shaped animal that is encased in a crystalline exoskeleton and covered in long spines. These spines can deliver painful stings to humans, though these are generally not too serious. Habitat Common throughout most coasts of the British Isles, with a notable absence along the East coasts of […]

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Undulate Ray

Background The Undulate Ray gets its name from the multiple dark lines on top of the animal that give the impression of undulatory movements.  Small spines run down the centre of the animal along the whole tail, contrary to popular belief the ray has no stinging capability. Habitat Despite being found in temperate water, it […]

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Long-Snouted Seahorse

Background The Long-Snouted Seahorse is a slender and bizzare looking fish is one of two species of seahorse found within the UK’s waters. Its colour can range between, green, yellow and brown, often accompanied by white speckles.  Their appeance is well adapted to providing them with excellent camoflauge, being able to effectively hide from predators. […]

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Moon Jellyfish

Background The Moon Jellyfish is recognisable by the four crescent shaped ringlets, which can be pink or violet in colour. These structures are the animals’ gonads, which it uses to reproduce. The rest of the body, also known as the umbrella, is translucent. There are a number of closely related species of Moon Jellyfish and […]

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European Spider Crab

Background The European Spider Crab alternates its colours between breeding and non-breeding seasons. They appear as a red colour during breeding season and a light orange or brownish colour during non-breeding seasons. The whole body of these animals are covered in small bumps and spines. Habitat They are found in the Mediterranean Sea, primarily on the […]

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Risso’s Dolphin

Background The Risso’s Dolphin is a sociable species that lives in groups, generally consisting of upto 10 individuals. These dolphins have blunt rounded faces, unlike the beaks of other dolphin species. Due to the blunt faced nature of these marine mammals they can sometimes be confused with pilot whales, therefore to identify this species it […]

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Short-Beaked Common Dolphin

Background The Short-Beaked Common Dolphin are both a playful and extremely intelligent species. The fastest species of the dolphin family, these animals can travel upto 28 mph (45km/h). They are also highly sociable and will communicate to hunt, mate and work together. Habitat The extensive range of these animals covers all of the worlds oceans, […]

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Blue Shark

Background Known for its striking blue colour, the Blue Shark is a long and slender species with long fins that make the animal appear larger than it actually is. Habitat A widely distributed shark species, the Blue Shark is present within most tropical and temperate oceans. This slender species of shark is rarely found close to […]

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Long-Finned Pilot Whale

Background Unlike their name suggests, the Long-Finned Pilot Whale is in fact a species of dolphin. They are are strikingly similar Short-Finned Pilot Whales with experts even struggling to indentify the two species. Habitat The Long-Finned Pilot Whale is found throughout the Northern Atlantic and the sub-polar region of Antarctica. Diet The majority of their […]

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Minke Whale

Background The Minke Whale is a species of baleen whale, which are some of the largest animals in the world. Despite their size however they are specialists in eating some of the smallest animals in the ocean. Baleen is a term that describes the characteristic plate like structures found in the mouth of these animals […]

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Harbour Porpoise

Background One of the smallest marine mammals that can be found world wide, the harbour porpoise is a highly efficient predator. They occasionally feed in groups, however are more commonly found feeding alone. Dives from this species can last upto 5 minutes, but generally last for just over a minute. Habitat This species is found […]

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Grey Seal

Background There are only two native species of seal within the UK,  the Harbour Seal and the Grey Seal. The larger of the two, the Grey Seal can under take dives up to 70m deep to feed despite it only being below the water for a few minutes. Habitat It is estimated that just over […]

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