How to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Learn when, where, and how to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons so you can have a whale of a time!

Fin-k you know your way around a fishing rod in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? The shark influx of June might have a thing or two to say about that! Among the many big creatures entering the waters this month is the Whale Shark, an enormous but extremely peaceful creature that’s waiting to join your museum and critterpedia. Right, it’s time to get to work and learn how to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

How to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

How to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
You can catch Whale Sharks from June to September in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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We’ll explain the finer details below, but first here are the key details you need to know for how to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons:

  • When: All Day, June - September
  • Where: Sea
  • Shadow Size: Massive (with dorsal fin)
  • Value: 13,000 Bells

To catch a Whale Shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you need to be fishing in the sea from the months of June to September in the northern hemisphere (that’s December to March in the southern hemisphere). Whale Sharks appear as massive shadows that are easily separated from regular fish thanks to the dorsal fins that protrude from their backs. You can see what a fin looks like in the image below. 

Animal Crossing New Horizons Whale Shark
The dorsal fin on the fish shadow lets you know it's a shark or suckerfish.
© Nintendo

If you only catch fish with fins, you’ll likely pick up a range of different (and valuable) sharks and even a few suckerfish too. We recommend crafting a large amount of fish bait or waiting for a rainy day before trying to catch a big haul of sharks. You can also try to head out on Nook Miles trips to reach a shark-filled island. In case you didn’t know, Whale Sharks are the largest species of fish, but they’re entirely harmless to humans and most other animals. They filter feed and young ones have even been known to play with divers.

Related: How to catch Arapaima in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Now that you know how to catch Whale Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can head over to our full June bug and fish list by clicking here. There are plenty of other new catches to add to the museum or to sell for big bells, so grab a rod and have some fun collecting them all!

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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