Sealife Survey

Warming seas, non-native invaders and human activities are all affecting our marine environment. Records of marine life are needed to inform decision-makers, to track changes, to find out why things are changing and, let’s not forget, because recording is fun!

If you would like help identifying a species you can email pictures and questions to recording[--at--] or post them on the Sealife Survey Facebook page.

If you're a regular sealife spotter - or plan to become one - you can register for an account at the site here and we'll keep track of your sightings and photographs and keep your details to make it easier for you to send us sightings.

Latest News

  • Data Warehouse Maintenance

    The National Biodiversity Network are carrying out some scheduled maintenace work on their server on 10th November 2014. As our Sealife Survey contributes data to their central data warehouse, you will be unable to use this site to add and view sightings on the 10th November. Hurry back soon though; we're looking forward to receiving your sealife sightings!

  • Look Out for Asian Shore Crabs!

    Asian Shore CrabOn 2nd May 2014 an Asian shore crab was spotted in Glamorgan, Wales. This is the first record from mainland Great Britain, and it has subsequently been found in Kent. Please report any sightings of this species: Asian shore crab reports, with a photograph if possible. More information on this species can be found on the Non native species secretariat.

  • New Sealife Survey Recording Site Launched

    Welcome to the new Sealife Survey website from the Marine Biological Association of the UK. We have made several changes to our marine wildlife recording scheme which will hopefully make it easier for you to submit sightings and keep track of the sightings that you send us. Once you register for an account, you'll be able to use the "Record a Sighting" form to quickly submit one or more sightings, including any photographs. You'll then be able to browse a searchable log of your sightings and a gallery of the photographs that you've submitted.

    Even more excitingly, we've joined up with the Biological Records Centre's iRecord scheme to ensure that your records are stored in a nationally standardised format, are instantly available for expert verification and will be combined with data from many other wildlife recording schemes to build a joined-up picture of the UK's biodiversity. You can be sure that when you submit a sighting to the Sealife Survey, you're part of a joined-up community that makes active use of your information.

    However, because we've moved to a completely new data warehouse, you'll need to register for a new account, even if you had a login for our previous MBA recording site. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause you, but we hope you'll find this site to be an improved experience and will make the little extra effort needed to re-register worthwhile.