It might have taken a while, but the powers that be eventually bestowed upon us a glorious update that introduced swimming and diving to Animal Crossing: New Horizons — and with these activities, a whole host of collectibles.
The update brought a brand-new set of creatures found under the sea. In addition, Pascal and his philosophical pearls of wisdom returned — and yes, Pascal will still trade you rare items for any scallops you uncover (this time, it's the Mermaid furniture series).
In order to partake in any of these activities, one must first acquire and wear a wetsuit, which can be purchased in the cupboard at Timmy and Tommy's for 3000 Bells and comes in many different styles and colors. Just what we needed — more clothing options!
Once you're suited up and ready for a swim, you can dive into our complete list of sea creatures, catching conditions and shop sell prices below.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Sea Creature Complete List
In total there are 40 sea creatures to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and they have their own page in your Critterpedia. Remember, you can donate these to Blathers at the Museum.
Here are all the Sea Creatures listed alphabetically - our thanks to the Animal Crossing Wiki on Fandom for some of the icons below. Click on the column headers to sort the sea creatures to your liking:
|Image||Sea Creature||Shadow Size||Speed||Time||Month
(Northern and Southern Hemispheres)
|Shop Sell Price|
|Abalone||Large||Normal||4pm-9am||N: Jun-Jan; S: Dec-Jul||2000|
|Acorn barnacle||Small||Does not move||Any time||All year||600|
|Chambered Nautilus||Medium||Slow||4pm-9am||N: Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov; S: May-Nov||1800|
|Dungeness Crab||Large||Slow||Any time||N: Nov-May; S: May-Nov||1900|
|Firefly Squid||Small||Normal||9pm-4am||N: Mar-Jun; S: Sep-Dec||1400|
|Flatworm||Small||Normal||4pm-9am||N: Aug-Sep; S: Feb-Mar||700|
|Gazami Crab||Medium||Normal||Any time||N: Jun-Nov; S: Dec-May||2200|
|Giant Isopod||Large||Fast||9pm-4am; 9am-4pm||N: Jul-Oct; S: Jan-Apr||12000|
|Gigas Giant Clam||Large||Fast||Any time||N: May-Sep; S: Nov-Mar||15000|
|Horseshoe Crab||Medium||Normal||9pm-4am||N: Jul-Sep; S: Jan-Mar|
|Lobster||Large||Fast||Any time||N: Dec-Jan, Apr-Jun; S: Jun-Jul, Oct-Dec||4500|
|Mantis Shrimp||Medium||Normal||4pm-9am||All year|
|Moon Jellyfish||Medium||Slow||Any time||N: Jul-Sep; S: Jan-Mar||600|
|Mussel||Medium||Does not move||Any time||N: Jun-Dec; S: Dec-Jun||1500|
|Octopus||Medium||Normal||Any time||All year||1200|
|Oyster||Medium||Slow||Any time||N: Sep-Feb; S: Mar-Aug||1100|
|Pearl Oyster||Medium||Fast||Any time||All year||2800|
|Red King Crab||Large||Fast||Any time||N: Nov-Mar; S: May-Sep||8000|
|Scallop||Medium||Normal||Any time||All year||1200|
|Sea Anemone||Large||Does not move||Any time||All year||500|
|Sea Cucumber||Large||Slow||Any time||N: Nov-Apr; S: May-Oct||500|
|Sea Grapes||Medium||Does not move||Any time||N: Jun-Sep; S: Dec-Mar||900|
|Sea Pig||Medium||Fast||4pm-9am||N: Nov-Feb; S: May-Aug||10000|
|Sea Pineapple||Small||Does not move||Any time||N: Apr-Aug; S: Oct-Feb||1500|
|Sea Slug||Small||Slow||Any time||All year||600|
|Sea Star||Medium||Does not move||Any time||All year||500|
|Sea Urchin||Medium||Does not move||Any time||N: May-Sep; S: Nov-Mar||1700|
|Seaweed||Small||Does not move||Any time||N: Oct-Jul; S: Apr-Jan||600|
|Slate Pencil Urchin||Medium||Normal||4pm-9am||N: May-Sep; S: Nov-Mar||2000|
|Snow Crab||Large||Fast||Any time||N: Nov-Apr; S: May-Oct||6000|
|Spider Crab||Large||Fast||Any time||N: Mar-Apr; S: Sep-Oct||12000|
|Spiny Lobster||Medium||Normal||9pm-4am||N: Oct-Dec; S: Apr-Jun||5000|
|Spotted Garden Eel||Medium||Slow||4am-9pm||N: May-Oct; S: Nov-Apr||1100|
|Sweet Shrimp||Small||Normal||4pm-9am||N: Sep-Feb; S: Mar-Aug||1400|
|Tiger Prawn||Medium||Normal||4pm-9am||N: Jun-Sep; S: Dec-Mar||3000|
|Turban Shell||Small||Slow||Any time||N: Sep-Dec, Mar-May; S: Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov||1000|
|Umbrella Octopus||Small||Normal||Any time||N: Mar-May, Sep-Nov; S: Mar-May, Sep-Nov||6000|
|Vampire Squid||Large||Fast||4pm-9am||N: May-Aug; S: Nov-Feb||10000|
|Venus' Flower Basket||Large||Fast||Any time||N: Oct-Feb; S: Apr-Aug||5000|
|Whelk||Medium||Slow||Any time||All year||1000|
Have you gone for a swim or found any sea creatures yet? Do you have any tips or tricks for swimming and diving? Let us know down below!
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