Animal Crossing Sea Creature list: All sea creature prices, times and how to catch deep-sea creatures in New Horizons explained

Dive to the depths!

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.

On this page:

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.

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 CreatureMonths available Times available Price
SeaweedOctober to July24 hours600
Sea GrapesJune to September24 hours900
Sea CucumberNovember to April 24 hours500
Sea PigNovember to February4pm to 9am10000
Sea StarAll year24 hours500
Sea UrchinMay to September24 hours1700
Slate Pencil UrchinMay to September4pm to 9am2000
Sea AnemoneAll year24 hours500
Moon JellyfishJuly to September24 hours600
Sea SlugAll year24 hours600
Pearl OysterAll year24 hours2800
MusselJune to December24 hours1500
OysterSeptember to February24 hours1100
ScallopAll year24 hours1000
WhelkAll year24 hours1000
Turban ShellMarch to May
September to December
24 hours1000
AbaloneJune to January4pm to 9am2000
Gigas Giant ClamMay to September24 hours15000
Chambered Nautilus March to June
September to November
4pm to 9am1800
OctopusAll year24 hours1200
Umbrella OctopusMarch to May
September to November
24 hours6000
Vampire SquidMay to August4pm to 9am10000
Firefly SquidMarch to June9pm to 4am1400
Gazami CrabJune to November 24 hours2200
Dungesness CrabNovember to May 24 hours1900
Snow CrabNovember to April 24 hours6000
Red King CrabNovember to March24 hours8000
Acorn BarnacleAll year24 hours600
Spider CrabMarch to April24 hours10000
Tiger PrawnJune to September4pm to 9am3000
Sweet ShrimpSeptember to February 4pm to 9am1400
Mantis ShrimpAll year4pm to 9am2500
Spiny LobsterOctober to December 9pm to 4am5000
LobsterApril to June
December to January
24 hours4500
Giant IsopodJuly to October9am to 4pm
9pm to 4am
Horseshoe CrabJuly to September9pm to 4am2500
Sea PineappleApril to August24 hours1500
Spotted Garden EelMay to October4am to 9pm1100
FlatwormAugust to September4pm to 9am700
Venus' Flower Basket October to FebruaryAll day5000

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 Dream Suite and island backup.

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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