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 Creature||Available Months||Time of Day|
|2||Sea Grapes||June-September||All Hours|
|3||Sea Cucumber||November-April||All Hours|
|5||Sea Star||All Year||All Hours|
|6||Sea Urchin||May-September||All Hours|
|7||Slate Pencil Urchin||May-September||4PM-9AM|
|8||Sea Anemone||All Year||All Hours|
|9||Moon Jellyfish||July-September||All Hours|
|10||Sea Slug||All Year||All Hours|
|11||Pearl Oyster||All Year||All Hours|
|14||Scallop||All Year||All Hours|
|15||Whelk||All Year||All Hours|
|16||Truban Shell||March-May, September-December||All Hours|
|18||Gigas Giant Clam||May-September||All Hours|
|19||Chambered Nautilus||March-June, September-November||4PM-9AM|
|20||Octopus||All Year||All Hours|
|21||Umbrella Octopus||March-May, September-November||All Hours|
|24||Gazami Crab||June-November||All Hours|
|25||Dungesnes Crab||November-May||All Hours|
|26||Snow Crab||November-April||All Hours|
|27||Red King Crab||November-March||All Hours|
|28||Acorn Barnacle||All Year||All Hours|
|29||Spider Crab||March-April||All Hours|
|32||Mantis Shrimp||All Year||4PM-9AM|
|34||Lobster||April-June, December-January||All Hours|
|35||Giant Isopod||July-October||9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM|
|37||Sea Pineapple||April-August||All Day|
|38||Spotted Garden Eel||May-October||4AM-9PM|
|40||Venus’ Flower Basket||October-February||All 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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