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Catch Sea Creatures

Slippery and fast moving, catching Sea Creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is not always an easy task. Here you can read how to catch Sea Creatures, as well as get tips for swimming and diving, so grab your Snorkel and dive in!

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How to Catch Sea Creatures

Easy Way to Get Sea Creatures

1 Swim around the Ocean to search for bubbles.
2 Dive when you get close to the bubbles
3 The Sea Creature shadow will appear, so swim towards it.
4 Swim up to it to catch it!

1. Swim Around the Ocean

Swim into the ocean
Sea Creatures can only be found while swimming in the ocean. You need to wear a Wet Suit to swim, so go buy one from Nook's Cranny, Nook Shopping, or exchange Nook Miles!

You don't need a Snorkel to dive, and it has no effect on the amount of time you can stay underwater.

How to Get and Use Wet Suits

2. Dive Close to Bubbles in the Ocean

Find Bubbles while Swimming
While you swim around, you will spot bubbles in the water coming up from the below.

This is where the Sea Creatures are hiding, so swim as close to the bubbles as you can and dive by pressing the Y button.

How to Swim and Dive

3. Swim Towards the Shadow

Shadows are visible after diving

Once you have dived or while you are diving, you will be able to see the shadow of Sea Creatures. Continue swimming towards it while diving to catch it. You can only stay underwater for roughly 10 seconds, so try to swim as fast as you can.

4. Swim into it to Catch!

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To finally catch the Sea Creature, you need to get close enough to touch the shadow. After catching it, you can donate it to the Museum or sell it at Nook's Cranny for some extra Bells, so try to catch a lot!

List of Sea Creatures

Tips for Catching Sea Creatures

Get as Close as Possible Before Diving

Find Bubbles while Swimming

The most important thing to get right when catching Sea Creatures is the timing you dive. Since you can only dive for a limited time, it's better to wait until you reach the bubbles before diving.

Some Sea Creatures Swim Away

While some Sea Creatures don't move even when you swim close to them, a lot of them try to get away from you. This also makes it easier to tell them apart, however, so it can work in your favor!

For example, Scallops and Octopuses move while Sea Anemones do not, so you can avoid the stationary Sea Creatures and aim only for the moving ones and vice versa, depending on what you're looking for!

Drive the fast Sea Creatures towards the Net

Drive fast Sea Creatures towards the net

Some of the Sea Creatures you can catch swim very fast, such as the Lobster and the Spider Crab. When catching fast-paced Sea Creatures, it helps a lot to steer them towards the net surrounding you island and trap them against it. Remember to repeatedly tap the A button too, to swim faster!

Sea Creatures Have Different Shadow Sizes

Large Medium Small
Sea Creatures Shadow Size - Large Sea Creatures Shadow Size - Medium Sea Creatures Shadow Size - Small

Just like Fish, you can get an idea of what Sea Creatures you found by the size of its shadow.

Pearls are the small shadow size

The Pearls needed for the Mermaid Series recipes you get from Pascal can also be found by diving! They don't move, but their shadow is small and they can be a bit hard to find.

List of Mermaid Series Furniture & Item Recipes

Changes Depending on Season

Like Bugs and Fish, Sea Creatures have set months and times they appear. To get all of them you will either need a lot of time and friends in the opposite Hemisphere, or time travelling.

Time Traveling Guide

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List of All Sea Creatures

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How to Catch Sea Creatures Easily

List of Sea Creatures

Abalone ImageAbalone Acorn Barnacle ImageAcorn Barnacle Chambered Nautilus ImageChambered Nautilus Dungeness Crab ImageDungeness Crab
Firefly Squid ImageFirefly Squid Flatworm ImageFlatworm Gazami Crab ImageGazami Crab Giant Isopod ImageGiant Isopod
Gigas Giant Clam ImageGigas Giant Clam Horseshoe Crab ImageHorseshoe Crab Lobster ImageLobster Mantis Shrimp ImageMantis Shrimp
Moon Jellyfish ImageMoon Jellyfish Mussel ImageMussel Octopus ImageOctopus Oyster ImageOyster
Pearl Oyster ImagePearl Oyster Red King Crab ImageRed King Crab Scallop ImageScallop Sea Anemone ImageSea Anemone
Sea Cucumber ImageSea Cucumber Sea Grapes ImageSea Grapes Sea Pig ImageSea Pig Sea Pineapple ImageSea Pineapple
Sea Slug ImageSea Slug Sea Star ImageSea Star Sea Urchin ImageSea Urchin Seaweed ImageSeaweed
Slate Pencil Urchin ImageSlate Pencil Urchin Snow Crab ImageSnow Crab Spider Crab ImageSpider Crab Spiny Lobster ImageSpiny Lobster
Spotted Garden Eel ImageSpotted Garden Eel Sweet Shrimp ImageSweet Shrimp Tiger Prawn ImageTiger Prawn Turban Shell ImageTurban Shell
Umbrella Octopus ImageUmbrella Octopus Vampire Squid ImageVampire Squid VenusVenus' Flower Basket Whelk ImageWhelk


4 Anonymous29 days

I caught the Gigas and the Isopod by slowly swimming up to it before diving. Sorry to tell you that you did not need to mash the A. Just like bugs, creeping up to them makes it easier.

3 XxStormy_SkyxX2 months

I remember the first time I was trying to catch a Gigas giant clam, I mashed the A button for what felt like 15 minutes.

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