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Fishy Seal of Approval
"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)
Coelacanth
Coelacanth new leaf
Scientific name Latimeria chalumnae
Family Latimeriidae
Time of year All year
Time of day 4 pm to 9 am (Animal Forest e+,Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf),
All day (Animal Crossing)
Location Unknown
Size 168 cm
Catch size Unknown
Shadow size Very Large (GCN, WW) Huge (CF, NL)
Rarity Very 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 Japan Shīrakansu (シーラカンス?)
Flag of Italy small Coelacante, 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 (pronounced "seel-uh-canth") (Latimeria chalumnae) is often considered the ultimate fish in Animal Crossing series. The coelacanth is worth 15,000 Bells, and can only be found when it is raining or snowing. It can only be found in the ocean at certain times of the day, and it is extremely elusive. As in real life, the coelacanth can only be caught late in the night or early in the morning.

Donation To The Museum

In the museum, it appears in the ocean tank in Animal Crossing: Wild WorldAnimal Crossing: City Folk, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf .

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 or fish menus. 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.

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Trivia

  • Since it can only be caught when it's snowing or raining, the coelacanth cannot be caught at the Island, as it does neither there.
  • 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

Is4

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.
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