What lives on the seabed?


Seagrass beds are a perfect place for these small, delicate creatures. The underwater meadows provide a safe habitat for seahorses with plenty of small invertebrate prey and lots of places to hide away.

Stalked Jellyfish

At a maximum size of around 5 centimetres, these tiny creatures can be tricky to spot. By stretching their minute tentacles into the currents, they catch small morsels of food as they drift by.

Sea Hare

This little creature can range in colour, from olive green to red, and even purple. You may find evidence of these creatures in the form of long, spaghetti like strings. These are their eggs!

Snakelocks anemone

Snakelocks anemones are beautiful residents of our seashore, with long, grey, green and purple tentacles drifting in the currents to catch food. Be careful, these creatures can sting.


These flatfish are well hidden on the seabed, relying on incredible camouflage to stay safe from predators. Staying out of sight, they are best spotted by the movement of their gills as the breath


Scallops are two-shelled molluscs, known as bivalves. With distinctive, ridged shells which hinge together, these creatures live in the seabed, often in self-made dips in the sand.

The Marine and Coastal Wildlife code provides advice on how to act responsibly around marine wildlife at the coast:

Marine and coastal wildlife code - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)