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Sea Creatures List Guide: Months, Hours, Sell Prices, Shadows

Sea Creatures are a new type of critter to catch on your island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for collecting in your Critterpedia, donating to the Museum, and selling for Bells! Learn how to find every Sea Creature including months, hours, shadows, and sell prices in this guide.

They were introduced in the just released Summer Update on July 3rd, 2020 including new features like Swimming, Sea Creatures, Pascal, Pirate Gulliver, and more.

Complete Sea Creatures List in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There are 40 different Sea Creatures to catch and collect in total in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which is an increase of +10 from the previous game Animal Crossing: New Leaf!

Find the complete details of appearance months for both the Northern Hemisphere & Southern Hemisphere, hours of availability, shadow size, movement speed, and Bells sell price for each Sea Creature below. This list is ordered by Critterpedia order, top to bottom then left to right.

If you prefer a table format of Sea Creatures to sort by size, speed, or sell price, scroll to the end of this section for a list in table form instead.

July Sea Creatures Guide

Seaweed

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Seaweed Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: October to July
  • Months — Southern: April to January
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: Still
  • Sell Price: 600 Bells

Sea Grapes

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Grapes Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: June to September
  • Months — Southern: December to March
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Still
  • Sell Price: 900 Bells

Sea Cucumber

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Cucumber Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: November to April
  • Months — Southern: May to October
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: X-Slow
  • Sell Price: 500 Bells

Sea Pig

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Pig Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: November to February
  • Months — Southern: May to August
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 10000 Bells

Sea Star

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Star Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: X-Slow
  • Sell Price: 500 Bells

Sea Urchin

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Urchin Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: May to September
  • Months — Southern: November to March
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1700 Bells

Slate Pencil Urchin

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Slate Pencil Urchin Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: May to September
  • Months — Southern: November to March
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2000 Bells

Sea Anemone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Anemone Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: Still
  • Sell Price: 500 Bells

Moon Jellyfish

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Moon Jellyfish Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: July to September
  • Months — Southern: January to March
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: X-Slow
  • Sell Price: 600 Bells

Sea Slug

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Slug Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: X-Small
  • Speed: X-Slow
  • Sell Price: 600 Bells

Pearl Oyster

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pearl Oyster Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2800 Bells

Mussel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mussel Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: June to December
  • Months — Southern: December to June
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1500 Bells

Oyster

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Oyster Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: September to February
  • Months — Southern: March to August
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1100 Bells

Scallop

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Scallop Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1200 Bells

Whelk

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Whelk Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1000 Bells

Turban Shell

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Turban Shell Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: March to May, September to December
  • Months — Southern: March to June, September to November
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1000 Bells

Abalone

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Abalone Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: June to January
  • Months — Southern: December to July
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2000 Bells

Gigas Giant Clam

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gigas Giant Clam Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: May to September
  • Months — Southern: November to March
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: X-Large
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 15000 Bells

Chambered Nautilus

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Chambered Nautilus Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: March to June, September to November
  • Months — Southern: March to May, September to December
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 1800 Bells

Octopus

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Octopus Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1200 Bells

Umbrella Octopus

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Umbrella Octopus Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: March to May, September to November
  • Months — Southern: March to May, September to November
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Fast
  • Sell Price: 6000 Bells

Vampire Squid

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vampire Squid Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: May to August
  • Months — Southern: November to February
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 10000 Bells

Firefly Squid

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Firefly Squid Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: March to June
  • Months — Southern: September to December
  • Hours: 9PM to 4AM
  • Shadow Size: X-Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1400 Bells

Gazami Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gazami Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: June to November
  • Months — Southern: December to May
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2200 Bells

Dungeness Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dungeness Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: November to May
  • Months — Southern: May to November
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 1900 Bells

Snow Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Snow Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: November to April
  • Months — Southern: May to October
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: Fast
  • Sell Price: 6000 Bells

Red King Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Red King Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: November to March
  • Months — Southern: May to September
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 8000 Bells

Acorn Barnacle

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Acorn Barnacle Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: X-Small
  • Speed: Still
  • Sell Price: 600 Bells

Spider Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spider Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: March to April
  • Months — Southern: September to October
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: X-Large
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 12000 Bells

Tiger Prawn

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tiger Prawn Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: June to September
  • Months — Southern: December to March
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 3000 Bells

Sweet Shrimp

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sweet Shrimp Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: September to February
  • Months — Southern: March to August
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1400 Bells

Mantis Shrimp

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mantis Shrimp Sea Creature

  • Months: All Year
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2500 Bells

Spiny Lobster

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spiny Lobster Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: October to December
  • Months — Southern: April to June
  • Hours: 9PM to 4AM
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: Fast
  • Sell Price: 5000 Bells

Lobster

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Lobster Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: April to June, December to January
  • Months — Southern: June to July, October to November
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Large
  • Speed: Fast
  • Sell Price: 4500 Bells

Giant Isopod

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Isopod Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: July to October
  • Months — Southern: January to April
  • Hours: 9AM to 4PM; 9PM to 4AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: X-Fast
  • Sell Price: 12000 Bells

Horseshoe Crab

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Horseshoe Crab Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: July to September
  • Months — Southern: January to March
  • Hours: 9PM to 4AM
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Medium
  • Sell Price: 2500 Bells

Sea Pineapple

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Pineapple Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: April to August
  • Months — Southern: October to February
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1500 Bells

Spotted Garden Eel

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spotted Garden Eel Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: May to October
  • Months — Southern: November to April
  • Hours: 4AM to 9PM
  • Shadow Size: Small
  • Speed: Slow
  • Sell Price: 1100 Bells

Flatworm

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Flatworm Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: August to September
  • Months — Southern: February to March
  • Hours: 4PM to 9AM
  • Shadow Size: X-Small
  • Speed: X-Slow
  • Sell Price: 700 Bells

Venus’ Flower Basket

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Venus' Flower Basket Sea Creature

  • Months — Northern: October to February
  • Months — Southern: April to August
  • Hours: All Day
  • Shadow Size: Medium
  • Speed: Fast
  • Sell Price: 5000 Bells

Complete Sea Creatures Table in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Prefer a table format of Sea Creatures? Find the complete details of all 40 Sea Creatures in Animal Crossing: New Horizons for both the Northern Hemisphere & Southern Hemisphere, hours of availability, shadow size, movement speed, and Bells sell price.

This table is ordered by Critterpedia order, top to bottom then left to right, but you can press the Sea Creature column header to if you prefer to sort alphabetically instead. Click the other headers  to sort by size, speed, or price too.


Sea CreatureAvailabilitySizeSpeedPrice
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Seaweed Sea Creature Seaweed N: Oct to Jul
S: Apr to Jan
Hours: All Day
4Large1Still600
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Grapes Sea Creature Sea Grapes N: Jun to Sep
S: Dec to Mar
Hours: All Day
2Small1Still900
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Cucumber Sea Creature Sea Cucumber N: Nov to Apr
S: May to Oct
Hours: All Day
3Medium2X-3Slow500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Pig Sea Creature Sea Pig N: Nov to Feb
S: May to Aug
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
2Small6X-5Fast10000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Star Sea Creature Sea Star N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
2Small2X-3Slow500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Urchin Sea Creature Sea Urchin N: May to Sep
S: Nov to Mar
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1700
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Slate Pencil Urchin Sea Creature Slate Pencil Urchin N: May to Sep
S: Nov to Mar
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
3Medium4Medium2000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Anemone Sea Creature Sea Anemone N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
4Large1Still500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Moon Jellyfish Sea Creature Moon Jellyfish N: Jul to Sep
S: Jan to Mar
Hours: All Day
2Small2X-3Slow600
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Slug Sea Creature Sea Slug N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
1X-2Small2X-3Slow600
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pearl Oyster Sea Creature Pearl Oyster N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
2Small4Medium2800
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mussel Sea Creature Mussel N: Jun to Dec
S: Dec to Jun
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Oyster Sea Creature Oyster N: Sep to Feb
S: Mar to Aug
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1100
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Scallop Sea Creature Scallop N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
3Medium3Slow1200
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Whelk Sea Creature Whelk N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Turban Shell Sea Creature Turban Shell N: Mar to May, Sep to Dec
S: Mar to Jun, Sep to Nov
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Abalone Sea Creature Abalone N: Jun to Jan
S: Dec to Jul
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
3Medium4Medium2000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gigas Giant Clam Sea Creature Gigas Giant Clam N: May to Sep
S: Nov to Mar
Hours: All Day
5X-Large6X-5Fast15000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Chambered Nautilus Sea Creature Chambered Nautilus N: Mar to Jun, Sep to Nov
S: Mar to May, Sep to Dec
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
3Medium4Medium1800
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Octopus Sea Creature Octopus N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
3Medium3Slow1200
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Umbrella Octopus Sea Creature Umbrella Octopus N/S: Mar to May, Sep to Nov
Hours: All Day
2Small5Fast6000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Vampire Squid Sea Creature Vampire Squid N: May to Aug
S: Nov to Feb
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
3Medium6X-5Fast10000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Firefly Squid Sea Creature Firefly Squid N: Mar to Jun
S: Sep to Dec
Hours: 9PM to 4AM
1X-2Small3Slow1400
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gazami Crab Sea Creature Gazami Crab N: Jun to Nov
S: Dec to May
Hours: All Day
3Medium4Medium2200
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Dungeness Crab Sea Creature Dungeness Crab N: Nov to May
S: May to Nov
Hours: All Day
3Medium4Medium1900
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Snow Crab Sea Creature Snow Crab N: Nov to Apr
S: May to Oct
Hours: All Day
4Large5Fast6000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Red King Crab Sea Creature Red King Crab N: Nov to Mar
S: May to Sep
Hours: All Day
4Large6X-5Fast8000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Acorn Barnacle Sea Creature Acorn Barnacle N/S: All Year
Hours: All Day
1X-2Small1Still600
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spider Crab Sea Creature Spider Crab N: Mar to Apr
S: Sep to Oct
Hours: All Day
5X-Large6X-5Fast12000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Tiger Prawn Sea Creature Tiger Prawn N: Jun to Sep
S: Dec to Mar
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
2Small4Medium3000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sweet Shrimp Sea Creature Sweet Shrimp N: Sep to Feb
S: Mar to Aug
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
2Small3Slow1400
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Mantis Shrimp Sea Creature Mantis Shrimp N/S: All Year
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
2Small4Medium2500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spiny Lobster Sea Creature Spiny Lobster N: Oct to Dec
S: Apr to Jun
Hours: 9PM to 4AM
4Large5Fast5000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Lobster Sea Creature Lobster N: Apr to Jun, Dec to Jan
S: Jun to Jul, Oct to Nov
Hours: All Day
4Large5Fast4500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Giant Isopod Sea Creature Giant Isopod N: Jul to Oct
S: Jan to Apr
Hours: 9AM to 4PM; 9PM to 4AM
3Medium6X-5Fast12000
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Horseshoe Crab Sea Creature Horseshoe Crab N: Jul to Sep
S: Jan to Mar
Hours: 9PM to 4AM
3Medium4Medium2500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Sea Pineapple Sea Creature Sea Pineapple N: Apr to Aug
S: Oct to Feb
Hours: All Day
2Small3Slow1500
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spotted Garden Eel Sea Creature Spotted Garden Eel N: May to Oct
S: Nov to Apr
Hours: 4AM to 9PM
2Small3Slow1100
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Flatworm Sea Creature Flatworm N: Aug to Sep
S: Feb to Mar
Hours: 4PM to 9AM
1X-2Small2X-3Slow700
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Venus' Flower Basket Sea Creature Venus' Flower Basket N: Oct to Feb
S: Apr to Aug
Hours: All Day
3Medium5Fast5000

Find Pearls In The Ocean While Diving

In addition to the Sea Creatures above, you can also find the Pearl item in the ocean while diving, which is used in Pascal’s Mermaid Set crafting recipes. While it’s found in the ocean, the Pearl does not technically count as a Sea Creature as it cannot be donated to the Museum or collected in the Critterpedia.

However, the Pearl shouldn’t be overlooked as it is an important crafting material to make Mermaid Set furniture items and can be sold for a hefty 10,000 Bells each! Check out our full guide to getting Pearls here.

How To Catch Sea Creatures By Diving

Exclusively found deep under the sea in your island’s surrounding ocean, you must go swimming and dive into the water in order to find and catch these special Sea Creatures. A Wet Suit item is required to go swimming.

You’ll be able to spot Sea Creatures in the ocean by looking out for suspicious bubbles floating up from an area while swimming. When you see these bubbles over an area, press the Y button to begin diving deep into the water and swim towards any shadows — they look just like the fish shadows you’re used to!

After chasing down a sea creature shadow, you’ll catch the critter which can either be donated to the Museum or sold at Nook’s Cranny to Timmy & Tommy for Bells.

Donate Sea Creatures To The Museum

Just as with Fish and Bugs, you’ll want to donate these Sea Creatures to your island’s Museum the first time you catch them. You can find Sea Creatures cataloged in your NookPhone’s Critterpedia as well, including whether they have already been donated or not.

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