Fauna of the Wadden Sea

The Wadden Sea has a rich flora and fauna and high biological productivity. The sea plays a particularly important role in the conservation of animal populations in northwestern Europe. The sea coast is home to about 2,300 species of flora and fauna, as well as several migratory species that prefer this region because of the easy availability of food.

Common fish in the Wadden Sea

The young of almost the entire North Sea flatfish stock are hatched here. The Wadden Sea is also home to many other fish such as brown trout, Atlantic salmon and Batoidea. It is a spawning ground for marine fish such as herring and common sole.

Mammals of the Wadden Sea

Harbour porpoise are particularly abundant among the mammals. The well-being of the Central European population of harbour seals depends on the health of the Wadden Sea. The Wadden Sea is also a natural habitat for the grey seal, the North Atlantic whale and the Dall's porpoise.

Arthropods of the Wadden Sea

Crabs are traditionally harvested from the waters of the Wadden Sea.

The inhabitants of the bottom of the Wadden Sea

Molluscs and crayfish, filariidae and turbellaria hide in the tina.



Atlantic herring

Atlantic herring

Latin Name           Clupea harengus harengus (Linnaeus, 1758). Titl..

Atlantic salmon

Atlantic salmon

     Atlantic salmon, noble salmon (Salmo salar) is a passage fish of the genus noble..

Brown trout

Brown trout

     Brown trout (Salmo trutta) is a passerine fish of the noble salmon genus. It has..

Common sole

Common sole

Latin nameSolea soleaOther namesDover sole, black sole.IdentificationThe genus and species names com..

Crabs

Crabs

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

Herring

Herring

Latin name Clupea Other names American Shad, Atlantic Herring, Alewife, Threadfin Shad Identific..

Herring, Atlantic

Herring, Atlantic

Latin name Clupea harengus Other names Herring; Danish: Atlantisk sild, sild; Finnish: silakka, s..

Salmon, Atlantic

Salmon, Atlantic

Latin name Salmo salar Other names Sea-run fish, grilse, grilt, fiddler, Kennebec salmon; Danish ..

Trout, Brown

Trout, Brown

Latin name Salmo trutta Other names Brown trout (all forms). German brown, German trout, German b..

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