New Sea Creatures Guide — Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The biggest addition to part one of Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ summer update is the ability to swim and dive in the ocean around your island, which means new creatures to catch. In fact, the summer update added an entirely new category in your Critterpedia, titled “Sea Creatures,” and Blathers is accepting donations of new finds at the museum as well. There are 40 total new sea creatures to catch.

Here we’ll go over every new type of sea creature you can find while diving. If you don’t know how to dive yet, check out our guide on how to swim in Animal Crossing for info on where to get a wet suit and how to get into the water for the first time.

How To Find Sea Creatures In Animal Crossing

Sea creatures can only be found while diving underwater in the ocean. You’ll know you’re near one when you see a column of bubbles floating to the surface, or when you’re already underwater and spot a dark shadow beneath the waves. Just dive under and swim over to the shadow to automatically collect the creature. Sometimes the shadow might be moving, so you will have to follow or chase it.

Diving and chasing a shadow under the water.
Diving and chasing a shadow under the water.

The bubble column appears differently depending on the creature, similar to the way fish shadow sizes differ. Their underwater shadow sizes also differ, as well as their swimming pattern and speed.

Every Sea Creature In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Below you’ll find every sea creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, sorted by hemisphere. We will continue to update as we verify information. Shadow sizes and swimming pattern information will be coming soon as well.

Northern Hemisphere

Sea Creature Months Time Price
Abalone June – Jan 4 PM – 9 AM 2,000
Acorn Barnacle All year All day 600
Chambered Nautilus Mar – June
Sept – Nov
4 PM – 9 AM 1,440
Dungeness Crab Nov – May All day
Firefly Squid Mar – June 9 PM – 4 AM
Flatworm Aug – Sept 4 PM – 9 AM 700
Gazami Crab June – Nov All day 2,200
Giant Isopod July – Oct 9 AM – 4 PM
4 PM – 4 AM
Gigas Giant Clam Apr – Sept All day 15,000
Horseshoe Crab 9 PM – 4 AM 2,500
Mantis Shrimp
Moon Jellyfish
Pearl Oyster
Red King Crab
Sea Anemone
Sea Cucumber
Sea Grapes
Sea Pig
Sea Pineapple
Sea Slug
Sea Star
Sea Urchin
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

Southern Hemisphere

Coming soon…

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