シーラカンス Shīrakansu
Coelacanth new leaf
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Location Price
Ocean (raining (AF, AF+, AC, AFe+), raining or snowing (WW, CF, NL)) 15,000 Bells
Size Shadow size
67.00 in. 168 cm Very Large (AC, WW)
Huge (AFe+, CF, NL)
Time of year Time of day
All year 4 pm to 9 am (AFe+, WW, CF, NL),
All day (AC)
Scientific name Latimeria chalumnae
Family Latimeriidae
Appearances AF, AF+, AC, AFe+, WW, CF, NL
Rarity Very Rare (★★★★★)
Regional names Flag of France small Cœlacanthe
Flag of Spain Celacanto
Flag of Italy small Coelacante (AF+), (PG), (AFe+), (WW), (CF)
Flag of Italy small Celacanto (NL)
Flag of Germany small Quastenflosser
"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?" —New Leaf

The coelacanth (シーラカンス, Shīrakansu?) (pronunciation: /ˈsiː.lə.kænθ/ 'seel-uh-canth') is an extremely rare saltwater fish that has appeared in every main Animal Crossing series game. In Animal Forest, this was the only fish to appear in the ocean. Unlike any other fish in the series, the coelacanth can only appear when it is raining or snowing, and it is the only fish to spawn in this unique manner. Despite the fact that it can rain on the island in New Leaf, it cannot be caught there, though it can be caught on the island in Animal Crossing. In Animal Forest e+, the coelacanth can only be encountered once per play session, even if it isn't caught.

Donation To The museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the coelacanth can be donated to the museum by talking to Blathers.

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."

Capture quotes

"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
Japanese Quotes

ギョギョォォ! 生きたカセキを 釣り上げた! すっげー! こんなのが いるのかーー!?」 —Animal Forest e+
ギョギョォォ?! 生きた化石を 釣り上げた! すっげー! こんなのが いるのかーー?!」 —Wild World and City Folk

"WH-WHOOOA! I caught a living fossil! Amazing—! Something like this exists——!?" (translation)

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

"WH-WHOOOA! I caught a coelacanth! Something like this exists——!?" (translation)

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Encyclopedia Information
Coelacanth (Wild World) "Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."
Size 4.9 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season All Year
Icon Coelacanth (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Encyclopedia Information
Coelacanth (City Folk)
"Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."
Size About 60 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All Year

New Leaf

Encyclopedia Information
Coelacanth new leaf
"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?"
Size About 60 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season All Year


Further information


A real-life coelacanth.

Main article: Coelacanth on Wikipedia

The coelacanth is a type of fish that was thought to have gone extinct long ago until it was rediscovered in 1938 off the coast of South Africa. It is considered to have evolved into its current form over 400 million years ago. They are large fish that can grow up to 1.8m in length. They are mostly active at night, between the depths of 100 and 500m, and feed mostly on fish that they come across. Whilst little remains known about the life of the coelacanth, they have been observed to have shark bite scars, suggesting they are prey to the large predators of the deep ocean.


  • In City Folk, when the player gives Wendell a coelacanth, he will not take it from the player and will say "Oh! My mother told me not to eat these, so I'm going to have to give it back." He will then complain once again that he is hungry. This is due to the fact that the coelacanth is poisonous in real life, or due to its rarity and value.

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