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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, 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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NameSeasonTime
1
SeaweedJan-Jul, Oct-DecAll hours
2
Sea GrapesJun-SeptAll hours
3
Sea CucumberJan-Apr, Nov-DecAll hours
4
Sea PigNov-Feb4PM-9AM
5
Sea StarAll year roundAll hours
6
Sea UrchinMay-SeptAll hours
7
Slate Pencil UrchiinMay-Sept4PM-9AM
8
Sea AnemoneAll year roundAll hours
9
Moon JellyfishJul-SeptAll hours
10
Sea SlugAll year roundAll hours
11
Pearl OysterAll year roundAll hours
12
MusselJun-DecAll hours
13
OysterJan-Feb, Sept-DecAll hours
14
ScallopAll year roundAll hours
15
WhelkAll year roundAll hours
16
Turban ShellMar-May, Sept-DecAll hours
17
AbaloneJun-Jan4PM-9AM
18
Gigas Giant ClamMay-SeptAll hours
19
Chambered NautilusMar-June, Sept-Nov4PM-9AM
20
OctopusAll year roundAll hours
21
Umbrella OctopusMar-May, Sept-NovAll hours
22
Vampire SquidMay-Aug4PM-9AM
23
Firefly SquidMar-Jun9PM-4AM
24
Gazami CrabJun-NovAll hours
25
Dungeness CrabNov-MayAll hours
26
Snow CrabNov-AprAll hours
27
Red King CrabNov-MarAll hours
28
Acorn BarnacleAll year roundAll hours
29
Spider CrabMar-AprAll hours
30
Tiger PrawnJun-Sept4PM-9AM
31
Sweet ShrimpJan-Feb, Sept-Dec4PM-9AM
32
Mantis ShrimpAll year round4PM-9AM
33
Spiny LobsterOct-Dec9PM-4AM
34
LobsterApr-Jun, Dec-JanAll hours
35
Giant IsopodJul-Oct
9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM
36
Horseshoe CrabJul-Sept4PM-9AM
37
Sea PineappleApr-AugAll hours
38
Spotted Garden EelMay-Oct4AM-9PM
39
FlatwormAug-Sept4AM-9PM
40
Venus' 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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NameSeasonTime
1
SeaweedApr-JanAll hours
2
Sea GrapesJan-Mar, DecAll hours
3
Sea CucumberMay-OctAll hours
4
Sea PigTBC4PM-9AM
5
Sea StarAll year roundAll hours
6
Sea UrchinJan-Mar, Nov-DecAll hours
7
Slate Pencil UrchiinJan-Mar, Nov-Dec4PM-9AM
8
Sea AnemoneAll year roundAll hours
9
Moon JellyfishJan-MarAll hours
10
Sea SlugAll year roundAll hours
11
Pearl OysterAll year roundAll hours
12
MusselDec-JunAll hours
13
OysterMar-AugAll hours
14
ScallopAll year roundAll hours
15
WhelkAll year roundAll hours
16
Turban ShellTBCAll hours
17
AbaloneDec-Jul4PM-9AM
18
Gigas Giant ClamNov-MarAll hours
19
Chambered NautilusTBC4PM-9AM
20
OctopusAll year roundAll hours
21
Umbrella OctopusTBCAll hours
22
Vampire SquidNov-Feb4PM-9AM
23
Firefly SquidTBC9PM-4AM
24
Gazami CrabDec-MayAll hours
25
Dungeness CrabMay-NovAll hours
26
Snow CrabMay-OctAll hours
27
Red King CrabTBCAll hours
28
Acorn BarnacleAll year roundAll hours
29
Spider CrabTBCAll hours
30
Tiger PrawnDec-Mar4PM-9AM
31
Sweet ShrimpMar-Aug4PM-9AM
32
Mantis ShrimpAll year round4PM-9AM
33
Spiny LobsterTBC9PM-4AM
34
LobsterJun-Jul, Oct-DecAll hours
35
Giant IsopodJan-Apr
9AM-4PM, 9PM-4AM
36
Horseshoe CrabJan-Mar4PM-9AM
37
Sea PineappleOct-FebAll hours
38
Spotted Garden EelNov-Apr4AM-9PM
39
FlatwormTBC4AM-9PM
40
Venus' Flower BasketTBCAll hours

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