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When we think about the marine life of the Moray Firth, which animals do we see in our mind's eye? Dolphins, whales, seals, seabirds, fish….. the big well-known species or even the tough animals and plants that cling to the cliffs and rocky shores. It's easy to forget about smaller or inconspicuous creatures hidden below the surface of the sea, on the rocky reefs, the sandy sea bed or in the open sea. But within the firth's complex ecosystem, each and every plant and animal has a vital role, forming an important link within a complex web of food chains.

Visit the Macduff Marine Aquarium ( to find out more about the marine habitats and see some of the plants and creatures which inhabit them.

Marine Habitats:

  • Kelp
  • Sponges
  • Echinoderms
  • Anemones etc
  • Molluscs
  • Crustaceans
  • Octopus

  • The Sandy Sea Bed:
  • Segmented Worms

  • The Open Sea:
  • Dolphins And Whales
  • Seals
  • Fish


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