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Deep Sea Creatures
This is our Sea Creatures guide. Here you can find a full list of Deep Sea Creatures for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as well as Sea Creature sell prices, shadow sizes and bubbles, and seasonalities. If you're missing Creatures in your Critterpedia or want to Donate to your Museum, check it out!

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Sea Creatures List

Sea Creatures by Month

Monthly Sea Creatures
(Northern and Southern Hemisphere)
January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: The pages above show sea creature appearances for both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere

All Sea Creatures

Sea Creature Shadow Size Sell Price Times
Seaweed ImageSeaweed ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
600 Months:
October to July
Time:
Anytime
Sea Grapes ImageSea Grapes ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
900 Months:
June to September
Time:
Anytime
Sea Cucumber ImageSea Cucumber ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
500 Months:
November to April
Time:
Anytime
Sea Pig ImageSea Pig ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
10000 Months:
November to February
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Sea Star ImageSea Star ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
500 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Sea Urchin ImageSea Urchin ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1700 Months:
May to September
Time:
Anytime
Slate Pencil Urchin ImageSlate Pencil Urchin ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
2000 Months:
May to September
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Sea Anemone ImageSea Anemone ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
500 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Moon Jellyfish ImageMoon Jellyfish ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
600 Months:
July to September
Time:
Anytime
Sea Slug ImageSea Slug ACNH - Small Shadow SizeSmall
Few bubbles
600 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Pearl Oyster ImagePearl Oyster ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
2800 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Mussel ImageMussel ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1500 Months:
June to December
Time:
Anytime
Oyster ImageOyster ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1100 Months:
September to February
Time:
Anytime
Scallop ImageScallop ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
1200 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Whelk ImageWhelk ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1000 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Turban Shell ImageTurban Shell ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1000 Months:
March to May |
September to December
Time:
Anytime
Abalone ImageAbalone ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Normal bubbles
2000 Months:
June to January
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Gigas Giant Clam ImageGigas Giant Clam ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
15000 Months:
May to September
Time:
Anytime
Chambered Nautilus ImageChambered Nautilus ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
1800 Months:
March to June
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Octopus ImageOctopus ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
1200 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Umbrella Octopus ImageUmbrella Octopus ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
6000 Months:
March to May |
September to November
Time:
Anytime
Vampire Squid ImageVampire Squid ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
10000 Months:
May to August
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Firefly Squid ImageFirefly Squid ACNH - Small Shadow SizeSmall
Few bubbles
1400 Months:
March to June
Time:
9 PM to 4 AM
Gazami Crab ImageGazami Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
2200 Months:
June to November
Time:
Anytime
Dungeness Crab ImageDungeness Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
1900 Months:
November to May
Time:
Anytime
Snow Crab ImageSnow Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
6000 Months:
November to April
Time:
Anytime
Red King Crab ImageRed King Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
8000 Months:
November to March
Time:
Anytime
Acorn Barnacle ImageAcorn Barnacle ACNH - Small Shadow SizeSmall
Few bubbles
600 Months:
All year
Time:
Anytime
Spider Crab ImageSpider Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
10000 Months:
March to April
Time:
Anytime
Tiger Prawn ImageTiger Prawn ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
3000 Months:
June to September
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Sweet Shrimp ImageSweet Shrimp ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1400 Months:
September to February
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Mantis Shrimp ImageMantis Shrimp ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
2500 Months:
All year
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
Spiny Lobster ImageSpiny Lobster ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
3000 Months:
October to December
Time:
9 PM to 4 AM
Lobster ImageLobster ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Many bubbles
4500 Months:
April to June |
December to January
Time:
Anytime
Giant Isopod ImageGiant Isopod ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
9000 Months:
July to October
Time:
9 AM to 4 PM |
9 PM to 4 AM
Horseshoe Crab ImageHorseshoe Crab ACNH - Large Shadow SizeLarge
Normal bubbles
1500 Months:
April to August
Time:
9 PM to 4 AM
Sea Pineapple ImageSea Pineapple ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1500 Months:
April to August
Time:
Anytime
Spotted Garden Eel ImageSpotted Garden Eel ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Few bubbles
1100 Months:
May to October
Time:
4 AM to 9 PM
Flatworm ImageFlatworm ACNH - Small Shadow SizeSmall
Few bubbles
200 Months:
August to September
Time:
4 PM to 9 AM
VenusVenus' Flower Basket ACNH - Medium Shadow SizeMedium
Normal bubbles
5000 Months:
October to February
Time:
Anytime

Note: The months shown in this list are for the Northern Hemisphere. To find those of the Southern Hemisphere, simply add or subtract six months to the months shown here, or click on the fish's icon.

How to Find Sea Creatures

Update the Game to Version 1.3

First Summer Update

Update Date July 3, 2020

Before you go diving into the waters, make sure that you have your game updated to V1.3. This update includes the following new features: swimming and diving, sea creatures, and a new visitor named Pascal!

When the update is released, you need to connect to the internet and update your game for the changes to appear in-game!

How to Update and Update Patch Notes

Dive by Bubbles and Shadows

Sea Creature Bubbles Sea Creature Shadow

To find Sea Creatures, you'll first have to find bubbles and shadows while swimming. Once you've found them, dive with the Y Button to try and catch it.

To Swim, you also need to prepare a Wet Suit!

Swimming and Diving

Best to dive when on top of bubbles

Because of the 10-second underwater limit, the best strategy for catching sea creatures is by diving when you're right on top or near the bubbles. If you dive too early and swim to the bubbles underwater, you might run out of air before you reach the sea creature.

Note: When you're already swimming (holding A) while underwater, you don't need to press anything to catch a sea creature. Just get near the sea creature's shadow, and you will automatically dive deeper to catch it!

Pocket is disabled, except when swapping

Pocket Disabled while Swimming.jpg
Access to your pocket is disabled (all contents grayed-out) while swimming, except when you catch a sea creature and your pocket is full.

Pocket full? Swap... ...with sea creatures only

When this happens, you will only be able to swap your newly-caught sea creature with another sea creature already in your pocket. If you don't have other sea creatures already in your pocket, you will be forced to release your newly-caught sea creature.

If you do not need to swap a new sea creature in, you will not be able to manually release sea creatures while swimming. You will have to swim back to shore and exit the water to release unwanted sea creatures from your pocket.

Keep things simple by emptying your pocket

Before entering the ocean for sea creatures, we highly advise to clear your pocket. Since it will be disabled while swimming, there's no need to carry things with you.

What Can You Do with Sea Creatures?

Donate Sea Creatures to the Museum

Museum - I found a sea creature!.jpg
The first time you donate sea creatures to Blathers at the Museum, you will see an option saying "I found a sea creature!" above "Make a donation."

Hoo Hoo Octopus!.jpg
Choose that new option and you will be able to donate only 1 sea creature. After donating that first sea creature, the "I found a sea creature!" option will no longer appear, you can return to choosing "Make a donation", to donate multiple sea creatures (fish, bugs, fossils, and artwork) at a time.

How to Unlock and Upgrade the Museum

Sell Them at Nook's Cranny

Sell items.jpg
Any Sea Creatures you don't need, you can sell at Nook's Cranny for Bells. Currently, the Gigas Giant Clam has the highest sell price, at 15,000 bells!

How to Get Bells Fast

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