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Species and habitats

The seas around Wales contain a rich variety of habitats and species, from seaweed-covered rocky reefs to deep muddy areas inhabited by burrowing animals.

There are also widely differing conditions, such as sheltered estuaries and fast-flowing tidal rapids. These create a range of different habitats from the seashore to the seabed and open water. These habitats provide shelter and food for a wide variety of species - from microscopic plankton to grey seals, cetaceans such as bottlenose dolphins and fin whales, and many species of seabirds.