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This page discusses the creature found by diving in New Leaf. If you were looking for the shell found previously in the Animal Crossing series, go to Shells.

ホタテ Hotate
New Leaf
Location Price
Bottom of the Ocean 1,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
6.35 inches Medium, erratic
Time of year Time of day
All year All day
Scientific name Patinopecten yessoensis
Family Pectinidae
Appearances New Leaf
Regional names Flag of Italy small Capasanta
Flag of France small Pétoncle
Flag of Spain Vieira
"I got scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!" —New Leaf

The scallop is a benthic creature in New Leaf. It is indicated by a circular shadow, and diving is the only way of capturing it. In Wild World and City Folk, it was found on the shoreline as a shell.

In New Leaf when a scallop is caught in the town, Pascal will sometimes appear behind the player and ask them for it. In return, he gives the player a random Pirate themed item. This can only happen once per day.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

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

"Scallops inhabit the cool ocean bed. They swim by rapidly clapping together their shell valves. The black does on scallops, known as wavy "strings," are actually their eyes. These eyes number over 80 but only really function as a means to sense light rather than motion. Often grilled and buttered, scallops have become a tasty seafood enjoyed all over the world."

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!"
Size 6 inches
Time All day
Season All year


  • When the scallop is approached in the museum sea creatures tank, it will propel itself backwards as if it were spooked by the player. This only occurs once per area transition.
  • If the player gives up their scallop to Pascal, they can follow him while he swims away. If the player follows him long enough they can watch him crack the scallop open and eat it.


Further information

Main article: Scallop on Wikipedia

Scallops are a cosmopolitan family of bivalves, found in all of the world's oceans, though never in freshwater. They are one of very few groups of bivalves to be primarily "free-living"; many species are capable of rapidly swimming short distances and even of migrating some distance across the ocean floor. Many species of scallops are highly prized as a food source, and some are farmed as aquaculture.

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