Sea creatures are the third type of creature you can collect in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Like fish and bugs, sea creatures can be donated to the Museum and have a page in the Critterpedia page to keep track of which ones you’ve already captured.

Unlike the rest of the wildlife that can all be safely caught from on the safety of your island, you need to swim out into the ocean to find the sea creatures.

The sea creatures you can find will also change as the seasons do, much like the fish that share their waters. The in-progress sea creatures list found on this page focuses on when each creature can be found in the northern hemisphere.

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Sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

Sea creatures can be found in the waters surrounding your island in New Horizons and, like art, bugs, fish and fossils, are one of the collectables that you can donate to the Museum.

These creatures have their own page in the Critterpedia and can be sold to Nook’s Cranny.


Pascal might also offer you the chance to exchange one of these creatures for a special DIY recipe.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons: Sea creatures and price list

Like fish and bugs, sea creatures in New Horizons are seasonal, which means that some will be unavailable during specific months of the year.

This means that it’s impossible to find every single sea creature on one day. Instead, you need to ensure that you’re exploring the depths of the sea throughout the year, even when it turns icy in the winter.

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Below you’ll find all the sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, including which months they’re available, in the order they appear in the Critterpedia.

It should be noted that the following are for the northern hemisphere. For the southern hemisphere, each set of dates will differ by six months.

Thank you to Chiiribi on reddit for the help with information!

Animal Crossing Sea Creature Months available Times available Price
Seaweed October to July 24 hours 600
Sea Grapes June to September 24 hours 900
Sea Cucumber November to April 24 hours 500
Sea Pig November to February 4pm to 9am 10000
Sea Star All year 24 hours 500
Sea Urchin May to September 24 hours 1700
Slate Pencil Urchin May to September 4pm to 9am 2000
Sea Anemone All year 24 hours 500
Moon Jellyfish July to September 24 hours 600
Sea Slug All year 24 hours 600
Pearl Oyster All year 24 hours 2800
Mussel June to December 24 hours 1500
Oyster September to February 24 hours 1100
Scallop All year 24 hours 1000
Whelk All year 24 hours 1000
Turban Shell March to May
September to December
24 hours 1000
Abalone June to January 4pm to 9am 2000
Gigas Giant Clam May to September 24 hours 15000
Chambered Nautilus March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am 1800
Octopus All year 24 hours 1200
Umbrella Octopus March to May
September to November
24 hours 6000
Vampire Squid May to August 4pm to 9am 10000
Firefly Squid March to June 9pm to 4am 1400
Gazami Crab June to November 24 hours 2200
Dungesness Crab November to May 24 hours 1900
Snow Crab November to April 24 hours 6000
Red King Crab November to March 24 hours 8000
Acorn Barnacle All year 24 hours 600
Spider Crab March to April 24 hours 10000
Tiger Prawn June to September 4pm to 9am 3000
Sweet Shrimp September to February 4pm to 9am 1400
Mantis Shrimp All year 4pm to 9am 2500
Spiny Lobster October to December 9pm to 4am 5000
Lobster April to June
December to January
24 hours 4500
Giant Isopod July to October 9am to 4pm
9pm to 4am
Horseshoe Crab July to September 9pm to 4am 2500
Sea Pineapple April to August 24 hours 1500
Spotted Garden Eel May to October 4am to 9pm 1100
Flatworm August to September 4pm to 9am 700
Venus’ Flower Basket October to February All day 5000

New to Animal Crossing? Our Animal Crossing New Horizons tips can help with the basics.

From the off, there’s fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with Leif selling seeds, villagers to add or remove and tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to collect.

Once you have settled in, you’ll want to be making as many Bells as possible, start collecting K.K. Slider songs and work on your island star rating, increase your HHA ranking, incorporate Feng Shui into your room design and acquiring kitchen furniture. You can also buy fake art from Redd.

Recently added were swimming, sea creatures and Pascal.

How to catch sea creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons explained

If you want to start collecting sea creatures in New Horizons, then you first need to purchase a wetsuit. Wearing one of these will allow you to venture out into the sea surrounding your island.

Once you’re amongst the waves, swim around until you see a series of bubbles rising from the sea floor.

Look for the bubbles.

Head over to these bubbles and then begin to dive. As you do so, the camera angle will shift, giving you an overhead view of the sea, which will allow you to see a shadow sitting on the sea bed.

This shadow is the sea creature you’re hunting you and, to catch it, you need to manoeuvre your avatar over to the creature.

Dive down into the water to find the deep-sea creatures.

If you do this correctly, then you’ll automatically swim back to the surface to display your catch, which can then be found in your inventory.


Good luck on finishing the sea creature Critterpedia page!


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