How to catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Add some fin-tastic friends to your museum by learning how to catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Getting sharked isn’t meant to be a good thing. However, starting from the new month of June in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, several appealing sharks will be poking their fins through the waters of our shoreline just begging to be collected. If you’re looking to learn how to catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you may be wondering if you need to do anything different. Fortunately, the process is pretty simple, and these finned friends will make their presence known quite clearly.

How to catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Sharks (and suckerfish) have a prominent dorsal fin above their shadow, making them easy to spot.
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In principle, you catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the exact same way as any other fish, but there is an easy way to tell if you’re hooking a big, toothy boy. First of all, it’s worth stating that sharks are only around from June to September in the northern hemisphere (December to March in the southern). You can identify sharks by the dorsal fin which appears on their shadow (see the above shadow). Only sharks and suckerfish have this dorsal fin, meaning you’re bound to hook one of them if you see it. 

While it can be annoying to hook a suckerfish instead of a proper shark, it’s worth noting that those suckers are worth a tidy 1,500 bells, which is nothing to sniff at! All the sharks available in Animal Crossing: New Horizons right now are from the sea, so we recommend crafting a load of fish bait — here’s how to do that if you’re unsure — and heading to the coast. Going out on Nook Miles trips can also be a great way to catch sharks, as many islands have an increased spawn rate (as does rainy weather).

All Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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There are four proper sharks to catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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Interested to know which fin-tastic friends you can catch? Here’s a complete list of all sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The suckerfish isn’t technically a shark, but we’ve included it so you understand why you keep picking it up when you cast a line as a finned fellow.

  • Hammerhead Shark - Sea, 8,000 bells, massive shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Great White Shark - Sea, 15,000 bells, massive shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Saw Shark - Sea, 12,000 bells, massive shadow (with a dorsal fin), 4pm - 9am, June - September
  • Whale Shark - Sea, 13,000 bells, massive shadow (with a dorsal fin), all day, June - September
  • Suckerfish - Sea, 1,500 bells, large shadow (with a dorsal fin), all day, June - September

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

Now that you know how to catch sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can read up on the other bugs and fish that arrived in June by clicking here. Not good enough? We also have a full list of all fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons that you can ogle by clicking here. Now craft some bait and get to those seas!

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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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