Fauna of the Iroise Sea

The Iroise Sea is one of the most important biogeographical transition zones in the world. It is the dividing line between temperate, cold temperate and boreal marine species. 

Common inhabitants of the Iroise Sea

The Iroise Sea is home to European seabass, dolphin, earless seal, sea otter, lobster and occasionally ocean sunfish, basking shark and even whale. Fishermen catch crab, sardines and European monkfish.

Features of the Iroise Sea

The waters of the Iroise Sea are rich in coral reefs. This has made the sea a popular destination for diving and snorkelling. Here you can see unique underwater creatures and admire the colourful reefs.

Iroise National Nature Reserve

Thanks to a national park protected by the authorities, the Iroise Sea has become a refuge for many species of animals. One of the main advantages of the Iroise Sea is its ecological purity. A unique flora and fauna can be observed here, including various species of fish, dolphins and chelonians. It is important in terms of biodiversity as it contains diverse habitats of over 300 species of seaweed, large colonies of sea birds and populations of basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) and grey seal (Halichoerus grypus).



Crabs

Crabs

     An infraorder of ten-legged crustaceans living in salt and fresh water.   ..

European seabass

European seabass

Latin nameDicentrarchus labraxOther namesEuropean bass, sea bass, common bass, white bass, capemouth..

Lobster

Lobster

     Lobsters (Nephropidae) are a division of the suborder Reptantia of the order Dec..

Sardine

Sardine

     Sardine is a fish of two genera Sardina and Sardinops of the family Clupeidae. T..

Shark, Basking

Shark, Basking

Latin name Cetorhinus maximus Other names No information Identification The dark gray or slate-..

Sunfish, Ocean

Sunfish, Ocean

Latin name Mola mola Other names Headfish, moonfish; Danish/Swedish: klumpfisk; Dutch: maanvis; F..

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