- "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
「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
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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 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."
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:
| ''Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."|
| ''Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."|
The coelacanth is an ancient species of fish that was, for a long time, believed to be extinct, due to the discovery of fossils. The first ever live one was caught in 1938. It can grow up to two meters in length, and lives for an average of forty-eight years. Coelacanths are found off the south coast of Africa, living in steep rocky shores, sheltering in caves during the day. Many appear off the coast of Comoros. It can travel around eight kilometers a night in search for food, passively swimming with the current, making it a "slow-moving" fish that only uses its fins to adjust its position. It preys on fish and squid, but some have been known to eat eels, skate, and even sharks. Its main predators are likely to be large sharks.