Coral reef split level on the Philippines

Shallow seas

Shallow seas cover the continental shelves. These sunlit, or neritic, waters are where the oceans are most productive, where biomass is highest and where all the major sea fisheries of the world take their catches. The shallow seas include warm tropical waters, temperate seas like those round the UK and the chilly waters of the Arctic and Southern Oceans.

Watch video clips from past programmes (23 clips)

In order to see this content you need to have an up-to-date version of Flash installed and Javascript turned on.

View all 23 video clips

What grows here?

What lives here?

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Cartilaginous fish

Ray-finned fishes

Lobe-finned fishes

Lampreys

Cephalopods

Crabs, shrimp and krill

Merostomata

Snails and slugs

Jellyfish

Trilobites

Where you find Shallow seas

Map showing the location of the Shallow seas habitat

Behaviours

Useful behaviours for this habitat

Ecozones

Ecozones where this habitat is found

Habitats

Other Marine habitats

BBC News about Shallow seas

Video collections

Take a trip through the natural world with our themed collections of video clips from the natural history archive.