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Fishy Seal of Approval
Bell Bag M (New Leaf icon)
"WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT!! I caught a living fossil! I didn't know they really existed!" —Animal Crossing
"Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! I caught a living fossil! Amazing! What are you doing down there?" —Wild World
"A coelacanth? I caught a living fossil! Amazing! Who knew these things were still around?" —City Folk
"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?" —New Leaf
Japanese Quotes

ギョギョォォ! 生きたカセキを 釣り上げた! すっげー! こんなのが いろのかーー!?」 —Animal Forest e+
ギョギョォォ?! 生きた化石を 釣り上げた! すっげー! こんなのが いろのかーー?!」 —Wild World and City Folk

"WH-WHOOOA! I caught a living fossil! Amazing—! Something like this exists——!?" (translation)

ギョギョォォ?! シーラカンスを 釣り上げた! こんなのが いるのかーー?!」 —New Leaf

"WH-WHOOOA! I caught a coelacanth! Something like this exists——!?" (translation)
シーラカンス Shīrakansu
Coelacanth new leaf
Scientific name Latimeria chalumnae
Family Latimeriidae
Time of year All year
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am(AFe+, WW, CF, NL),
All day(GCN)
Location During rain in the: Ocean, and Tropical Seas(GCN)
During snow in the: Ocean
Size 67.00 in. 168 cm
Shadow size Very Large(GCN, WW)
Huge(AFe+, CF, NL)
Rarity Rare (★★★★★)
Sale price 15,000 Bells
Appearances Animal Forest,
Dōbutsu no Mori +,
Animal Crossing,
Dōbutsu no Mori e+,
Animal Crossing: Wild World,
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Regional names Flag of France small Cœlacanthe
Flag of Spain Celacanto
Flag of Italy small Coelacante (AF+), (PG), (AFe+), (WW), (CF)
Flag of Italy small Celacanto (NL)
Species #
Animal Forest #32
Animal Crossing #40
Dōbutsu no Mori e+ #48
Animal Crossing: Wild World #56
Animal Crossing: City Folk #64
Animal Crossing: New Leaf #72

The Coelacanth (シーラカンス, Shīrakansu?) is often considered the rarest fish in Animal Crossing series. In the original game this was the only fish to occur in the ocean.

Unlike any other fish in the series, the coelacanth can only appear when it is raining or snowing, and it is the only fish to spawn in this unique manner. An elusive fish, it only appears in darker hours of the day. Despite the fact that it can rain on the island in New Leaf, it cannot be caught there, though it can be caught on the island in GCN games.

Donation To The Museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the coelacanth can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers.

In Animal Crossing

Blathers will say: "Hoo, my goodness! Glorious! Seen in this light, of course, it's quite a grotesque beast. And yet, it does have a certain peculiar allure, wot? You may rest assured that we shall treat it with much affection and respect, wot! My word as a gentleowl."

In Wild World

Blathers will comment: "It was once thought that the coelacanth had gone extinct, eh wot? Indeed, right up until a scholar saw them lined up in a market. Hoo hoo! That would clearly suggest that they are edible, don't you agree? Though I must admit, they don't look like they would taste very good..."

In City Folk

Blathers will say the following when given the coelacanth:

"Many years ago, the theory was that the coelacanth had gone extinct...But as it turns out, it still exists and has been living deep in the ocean this whole time, wot? Imagine! This fish has known the world since the dinosaurs... Perhaps it's the true master of the sea!"

In New Leaf

The description plate in the museum will say the following:

"Coelacanths are ancient fish once believed to be extinct but recently discovered around South Africa. Called "living fossils," they have apparently changed very little over the past 400 million years. They can live for over 60 years and reach lengths of six feet but have rather small brains, even for fish. They have more fins and harder scales than the average fish, making them a rather resilient breed. Their flavor is very different from most fish, and they contain a fat that is indigestible by humans. It's for that second reason that eating them really isn't highly recommended."

Encyclopedia Information

Once the player has caught a particular fish or bug, they can find information about it in the bug menu or the fish menu. Once the coelacanth has been caught, the following information can be found in the fish menu:

Animal Forest

Coelacanth (Animal Crossing) Coelacanth (Animal Crossing icon) "Coelacanth"

Wild World

Coelacanth (Wild World) Coelacanth (Wild World icon) ''Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."

Icon fishSize- 4.9 feet
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- All Year

City Folk

Coelocanth Coelacanth (City Folk) ''Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."

Icon fishSize- About 60 inches
Icon houseHabitat- Ocean
Icon calendarSeason- All Year

New Leaf

HNI 0098 coelacanth
 An average size for a coelacanth is between 57-63 inches.



  • In Animal Crossing: City Folk, when the player gives Wendell a coelacanth, he will not take it from the player and will say "Oh! My mother told me not to eat these, so I'm going to have to give it back." He will then complain that he is hungry.

Further Information


A real-life coelacanth.

The coelacanths (Latimeria spp.) are extremely rare living fossil fish. Thought to be extinct, it was then found off the coast of South Africa in 1938. They are currently extremely rare, because of overfishing. There are currently two known species of coelacanths, the West Indian and the Indonesian. Genetic research indicates that both species most likely evolved from the same common ancestor.

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