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Ocean sunfish
マンボウ Manbō
OceanSunfishNL
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Location Price
Ocean, Island 4,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
135 in. 340 cm Huge (with fin)
Time of year Time of day
June to September 4 am to 9 pm
Scientific name Mola mola
Family Molidae - Ocean sunfishes
Appearances WW, CF, NL
Rarity Rare (★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Lune de mer
Flag of Germany small Mondfisch
Flag of Spain Pez luna
Flag of Italy small Pesce luna
"I caught an ocean sunfish! My day is brighter already!" —New Leaf

The ocean sunfish (マンボウ, Manbō?) is a rare ocean fish that appears during the summer months from 4 am to 9 pm.

Donating to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the ocean sunfish can be donated to the museum in each game by talking to Blathers, who will also give some information on it.

In Wild World

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"I understand that ocean sunfish are edible, but... I've also heard that unless it's incredibly fresh, it tastes rather foul. As such, it's usually only eaten where it's caught!"

The ocean sunfish will be found in the second room in the ocean tank.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...The ocean sunfish, it turns out, is related to the blowfish! Shocking, no? Absolutely mind-boggly! The resemblance is quite strong in its little mouth and round body... Seems rather blowfishy to me! ...There's something almost therapeutic about watching its slow, dull movements and vacant expression."

It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, with other ocean fish.

In New Leaf

In New Leaf, an information board in the aquarium will list information about this fish.

"Ocean sunfish are a relative of blowfish that can reach up to two tons in weight. Lacking a tail fin, they cannot swim particularly quickly, which is an odd bit of anatomical detriment. The number of eggs they can lay is the most in the world at over 300 million. However, out of that 300 million, only one or two fish will ultimately survive. Ocean sunfish sometimes like to bob up and down on the surface of the ocean. This gives them the appearance they're sunbathing, which helps to make them a popular breed of fish."

Capture quotes

"I caught an ocean sunfish! Don't look directly at it!♪" —Wild World
"I caught an ocean sunfish! I'm feeling pretty sunny now!♪" —City Folk

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Ocean sunfish (Wild World) "A relative of the blowfish, they have caudal fins at birth, but as they grow, the fins vanish."
Size 9.75 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer
Icon Ocean sunfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Ocean Sunfish (City Folk)
"Comical and cute at the same time, these are poor swimmers and eaters."
Size About 120 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Leaf

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
OceanSunfishNL
"I caught an ocean sunfish! My day is brighter already!"
Size About 120 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer


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Further information

The Ocean Sunfish (genus Mola) is the type species of its family, Molidae. Its range is fairly widespread, being found in both temperate and tropical oceans. The word "Mola" is Latin for "millstone". They are closest in relation to two other fish in Animal Crossing, the Blowfish and the Pufferfish. When resting the Ocean sunfish will lay down on its side just below the ocean's surface. Their diet consistes of mostly jellyfish. Due to the makeup of their skull, ocean sunfish are unable to completely close their mouths.


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