Seaside spectacular

When it comes to summer holidays, there's no better place than the seaside and if you know where to look you'll be surprised at the wildlife you can find. Whether it’s rockpooling on the beach, bird watching on an estuary or diving for seals at Lundy Island, you won't be disappointed with what you see. Boasting sharks, seahorses, cuttlefish and crabs, the UK's marine and coastal environment is rich, varied and fascinating. So should the inevitable summer rain arrive, at least you can watch the best video clips of that amazing wildlife, all in the comfort and dry of your own home!

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25 video clips in this collection

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Animals in this collection

  • Puffin against a blue sky (c) Darren Ritson Puffin

    Puffins are colourful and full of character.

  • A common jellyfish from below as it heads to the surface Common jellyfish

    Delicate and exquisitely coloured, common jellyfish gently drift with the ocean's...

  • Basking shark with  mouth wide open off of English coast Basking shark

    Basking sharks are one of the largest sharks of the world's temperate oceans.

  • A large group of whitetip reef sharks seen from below Cartilaginous fish

    The cartilaginous fish are so named because their skeleton is composed of cartilage...

  • Two bottlenose dolphins breaching (c) Alister Kemp Common bottlenose dolphin

    Common bottlenose dolphins are widespread, except in polar waters.

  • Cuttlefish amongst seaweed Common cuttlefish

    Common cuttlefish are

  • Goose barnacles underwater Goose barnacles

    Goose barnacles are odd-looking crustaceans usually found in quite deep water.

  • Portrait of a grey seal (c) Sam Eklund Grey seal

    Grey seals are the largest breeding seals found in the

  • Harbour porpoise in the Irish sea Harbour porpoise

    Harbour porpoises are the smallest and most common cetaceans in European waters.

  • Hermit crab on sand (c) Nick Davies Hermit crabs

    The hermit crab is a favourite of

  • Looking up at herring gulls in flight Herring gull

    Herring gulls are champion opportunists, feeding on anything from discarded fish offal,...

  • Killer whale breaching Killer whale

    Killer whales are actually the largest species of

  • Spider crab Spider crabs

    Spider crabs are a family of long, skinny-legged crabs containing over 700 species.

  • Hovering gannet (c) Steve Everett Northern gannet

    Gannets are magnificent seabirds, whose British population occupies many of Scotland’s...

  • Male broadclub cuttlefish showing flamboyant colours during mating season Sepia cuttlefish

    There are more than 100 species of sepia cuttlefish, a greater number of species than in...

  • Great white shark in waters off Australia Sharks

    Feared as cold, unflinching

Habitats in this collection

  • The coastal landscape of Cornwall, England Coastal

    Coastal cliffs are the rocky land edges that face the sea.

  • The Avon estuary in England Estuaries

    An estuary is an inlet of the sea, into which flows a river or stream.

  • Mussels in the intertidal zone of the Atlantic coast Intertidal zone

    Intertidal zones lie on the shore between the high and low tide marks.

  • Coral reef split level on the Philippines Shallow seas

    Shallow seas cover the continental shelves.

  • Coral reefs off of Fiji Reefs

    Reefs have existed since at least the Cambrian, although the familiar coral-dominated,...

  • Tidal pools at low tide Rockpools

    Rockpools are particularly challenging and harsh environments.

Adaptations in this collection

  • Green sea turtle swimming underwater Adapted to swimming

    Adaptations for swimming enables animals to move around in water.

  • Juvenile lammergeier with meat in its beak and a griffon vulture attempting to steal it Kleptoparasitic

    Kleptoparasitic animals are thieves and bandits.

  • Red-eared turtle hatching out of its egg Egg layer

    Oviparous animals lay eggs, inside which the young then develop before hatching occurs.