Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures guide - How, when and where to catch them

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures are a new collectible for the game, and are all based in the depths of the ocean. These underwater dwellers are here to stay with the arrival of Animal Crossing: New Horizons swimming (opens in new tab), wetsuits and snorkels. 

In order to start collecting these new Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures, you'll need to learn how to swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons first. But here's a TL;DR version:

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  1. Grab a wetsuit from the Nook's Cranny cabinet, Nook Shopping or Nook Miles Rewards
  2. Put on your wetsuit
  3. Go to the beach or rocks near the ocean
  4. Press A to get in the sea
  5. Press A to swim
  6. Press Y to dive when near bubbles rising to the surface
  7. Move over the shadow using A to swim
  8. Once over the top, you'll automatically dive down to grab your prize

So with that knowledge in hand, please find a work-in-progress guide to every Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creature available in the game, broken down by hemisphere.

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Sea Creatures - N.Hemisphere

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures in the Northern Hemisphere

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Header Cell - Column 0 NameSeasonTime
1SeaweedJan-Jul, Oct-DecAll hours
2Sea GrapesJun-SeptAll hours
3Sea CucumberJan-Apr, Nov-DecAll hours
4Sea PigNov-Feb4PM-9AM
5Sea StarAll year roundAll hours
6Sea UrchinMay-SeptAll hours
7Slate Pencil UrchiinMay-Sept4PM-9AM
8Sea AnemoneAll year roundAll hours
9Moon JellyfishJul-SeptAll hours
10Sea SlugAll year roundAll hours
11Pearl OysterAll year roundAll hours
12MusselJun-DecAll hours
13OysterJan-Feb, Sept-DecAll hours
14ScallopAll year roundAll hours
15WhelkAll year roundAll hours
16Turban ShellMar-May, Sept-DecAll hours
17AbaloneJun-Jan4PM-9AM
18Gigas Giant ClamMay-SeptAll hours
19Chambered NautilusMar-June, Sept-Nov4PM-9AM
20OctopusAll year roundAll hours
21Umbrella OctopusMar-May, Sept-NovAll hours
22Vampire SquidMay-Aug4PM-9AM
23Firefly SquidMar-Jun9PM-4AM
24Gazami CrabJun-NovAll hours
25Dungeness CrabNov-MayAll hours
26Snow CrabNov-AprAll hours
27Red King CrabNov-MarAll hours
28Acorn BarnacleAll year roundAll hours
29Spider CrabMar-AprAll hours
30Tiger PrawnJun-Sept4PM-9AM
31Sweet ShrimpJan-Feb, Sept-Dec4PM-9AM
32Mantis ShrimpAll year round4PM-9AM
33Spiny LobsterOct-Dec9PM-4AM
34LobsterApr-Jun, Dec-JanAll hours
35Giant IsopodJul-Oct9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM
36Horseshoe CrabJul-Sept4PM-9AM
37Sea PineappleApr-AugAll hours
38Spotted Garden EelMay-Oct4AM-9PM
39FlatwormAug-Sept4AM-9PM
40Venus' Flower BasketOct-FebAll hours

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Sea Creatures - S.Hemisphere

Animal Crossing: New Horizons sea creatures in the Southern Hemisphere

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Header Cell - Column 0 NameSeasonTime
1SeaweedApr-JanAll hours
2Sea GrapesJan-Mar, DecAll hours
3Sea CucumberMay-OctAll hours
4Sea PigTBC4PM-9AM
5Sea StarAll year roundAll hours
6Sea UrchinJan-Mar, Nov-DecAll hours
7Slate Pencil UrchiinJan-Mar, Nov-Dec4PM-9AM
8Sea AnemoneAll year roundAll hours
9Moon JellyfishJan-MarAll hours
10Sea SlugAll year roundAll hours
11Pearl OysterAll year roundAll hours
12MusselDec-JunAll hours
13OysterMar-AugAll hours
14ScallopAll year roundAll hours
15WhelkAll year roundAll hours
16Turban ShellTBCAll hours
17AbaloneDec-Jul4PM-9AM
18Gigas Giant ClamNov-MarAll hours
19Chambered NautilusTBC4PM-9AM
20OctopusAll year roundAll hours
21Umbrella OctopusTBCAll hours
22Vampire SquidNov-Feb4PM-9AM
23Firefly SquidTBC9PM-4AM
24Gazami CrabDec-MayAll hours
25Dungeness CrabMay-NovAll hours
26Snow CrabMay-OctAll hours
27Red King CrabTBCAll hours
28Acorn BarnacleAll year roundAll hours
29Spider CrabTBCAll hours
30Tiger PrawnDec-Mar4PM-9AM
31Sweet ShrimpMar-Aug4PM-9AM
32Mantis ShrimpAll year round4PM-9AM
33Spiny LobsterTBC9PM-4AM
34LobsterJun-Jul, Oct-DecAll hours
35Giant IsopodJan-Apr9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM
36Horseshoe CrabJan-Mar4PM-9AM
37Sea PineappleOct-FebAll hours
38Spotted Garden EelNov-Apr4AM-9PM
39FlatwormTBC4AM-9PM
40Venus' Flower BasketTBCAll hours
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