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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|Diving||Sea Creatures||Catching Tips||Snorkels||Wet Suits|
|Pirate Gulliver||Pascal||Scallops||Mermaid Series||Pearls|
|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!|
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Just like Fish, you can get an idea of what Sea Creatures you found by the size of its shadow.
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.
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.
|Abalone||Acorn Barnacle||Chambered Nautilus||Dungeness Crab|
|Firefly Squid||Flatworm||Gazami Crab||Giant Isopod|
|Gigas Giant Clam||Horseshoe Crab||Lobster||Mantis Shrimp|
|Pearl Oyster||Red King Crab||Scallop||Sea Anemone|
|Sea Cucumber||Sea Grapes||Sea Pig||Sea Pineapple|
|Sea Slug||Sea Star||Sea Urchin||Seaweed|
|Slate Pencil Urchin||Snow Crab||Spider Crab||Spiny Lobster|
|Spotted Garden Eel||Sweet Shrimp||Tiger Prawn||Turban Shell|
|Umbrella Octopus||Vampire Squid||Venus' Flower Basket||Whelk|
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