Animal Crossing sea creatures guide – when, where and how to catch them in New Horizons

With the Summer Update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there’s a new twinkle in Blathers’ eye at the prospect of new discoveries to display in his finely curated museum. With all the swimming and diving going on, there’s a whole host of sea creatures for you to be able to collect and add to the fish tanks in the aquatic wing of the museum.

Now, he’s pretty up front about the fact that calling all of these new catches “creatures” is a bit of a stretch, but I doubt that eager collectors are really going to quibble with him about this point… So, here’s a guide on how to catch Animal Crossing sea creatures and all the new things to catch in the Summer Update.

We’ve got plenty of other walkthroughs and tips for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and more on the way. Visit our game hub to check those out.


How do you catch Animal Crossing Sea Creatures?

Unlike catching fish, you’re going to have to get wet to snag some sea creatures. While you’re swimming out in the ocean, keep an eye out for streams of bubbles coming from underwater. That’s the telltale sign of a sea creature lurking under the surface!

To catch the creature, swim over to it and tap Y to dive down below. This shifts the camera angle to a top-down view, where you’ll clearly see the shadow of the sea creature. You just need to tap A to swim into that shadow and you’ll resurface having grabbed the sea creature.

What Animal Crossing Sea Creatures can I catch?

There’s 40 Sea Creatures in the game following the Summer Update, but just like bugs and fish, they will appear in certain months and times of day. All of this is features in a new page on the Critterpedia.

Here’s all the sea creatures, the months and times of day you can catch them. All of the months refer to the Northern Hemisphere, with the Southern Hemisphere six months ahead (or behind?).

Animal Crossing Sea CreatureAvailable MonthsTime of Day
1SeaweedOctober-JulyAll Hours
2Sea GrapesJune-SeptemberAll Hours
3Sea CucumberNovember-AprilAll Hours
4Sea PigNovember-February4PM-9AM
5Sea StarAll YearAll Hours
6Sea UrchinMay-SeptemberAll Hours
7Slate Pencil UrchinMay-September4PM-9AM
8Sea AnemoneAll YearAll Hours
9Moon JellyfishJuly-SeptemberAll Hours
10Sea SlugAll YearAll Hours
11Pearl OysterAll YearAll Hours
12MusselJune-DecemberAll Hours
13OysterSeptember-FebruaryAll Hours
14ScallopAll YearAll Hours
15WhelkAll YearAll Hours
16Truban ShellMarch-May, September-DecemberAll Hours
18Gigas Giant ClamMay-SeptemberAll Hours
19Chambered NautilusMarch-June, September-November4PM-9AM
20OctopusAll YearAll Hours
21Umbrella OctopusMarch-May, September-NovemberAll Hours
22Vampire SquidMay-August4PM-9AM
23Firefly SquidMarch-June9PM-4AM
24Gazami CrabJune-NovemberAll Hours
25Dungesnes CrabNovember-MayAll Hours
26Snow CrabNovember-AprilAll Hours
27Red King CrabNovember-MarchAll Hours
28Acorn BarnacleAll YearAll Hours
29Spider CrabMarch-AprilAll Hours
30Tiger PrawnJune-September4PM-9AM
31Sweet ShrimpSeptember-February4PM-9AM
32Mantis ShrimpAll Year4PM-9AM
33Spiny LobsterOctober-December9PM-4AM
34LobsterApril-June, December-JanuaryAll Hours
35Giant IsopodJuly-October9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM
36Horseshoe CrabJuly-September9PM-4AM
37Sea PineappleApril-AugustAll Day
38Spotted Garden EelMay-October4AM-9PM
40Venus’ Flower BasketOctober-FebruaryAll Hours

What’s so special about scallops?

Scallops aren’t that special… except that Pascal the Otter absolutely loves them! This is a new character in Animal Crossing: New Horizons who’ll appear every time you find a scallop and ask if you’d be so kind to give it to him.

Find out more about Pascal here, but don’t forget to give the first scallop to Blathers! That’s the rule!

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