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Great white shark Gallery

"I caught a great white shark! Watch out for its jaws!" —New Horizons

The great white shark, formerly known as the shark (サメ, Same?) prior to New Horizons, is a finned fish that can be found in the ocean from June through September, from 4 pm to 9 am. It is the second longest fish in the series, behind the Whale Shark. The shark will generally win any "size" fishing tourney due to its immense size. It is one of the most valuable fish along with the coelacanth, dorado, golden trout, and stringfish, selling for 15,000 Bells.

Donation to the museum[]

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the shark 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: "Shark flesh is often used in processed seafood products, eh wot? As such, you might wonder why it isn't grilled like other fish, am I correct? Well, shark tends to reek of ammonia, you know. And that is NOT good."

In City Folk[]

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"If one were so inclined, one could sit around pulling shark teeth all day. They simply keep growing back! I've heard that over a shark's lifetime, it will go through thousands of teeth, which is disconcerting. ...Anyhoo, no toothpaste needed! How appropriate for a creature that's been around since the dinosaurs!"

In New Leaf[]

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

"The triangular teeth of sharks appear to have evolved from scales sometime in the past. When a tooth breaks, it quickly falls out and a new one grows in, keeping them always in good shape for prey. Sharks can be fearsome creatures, able to smell blood from several miles away. They can even jump out of the water to catch prey, making them powerful predators. Contrary to their tough image, their bones are made out of cartilage and erroneously used as health food."

In New Horizons[]

Upon donation or selecting "tell me about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Great white sharks are obviously known first and foremost for their biting. They are masters of the craft! They do lose teeth regularly through biting-related activities, but, luckily, those teeth grow back quickly. In fact, their missing teeth can be regrown in a single day. Just imagine their tooth-fairy-related income!"

Capture quotes[]

"I caught a shark! It was a shark attack!" —Wild World
"I caught a shark! Check out that toothy grin!" —City Folk
"I caught a shark! GAH! Why am I holding it?!" —New Leaf
"I caught a great white shark! Watch out for its jaws!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

Wild World[]

Encyclopedia Information
Great white shark (Wild World) "They lose and replace their teeth often. Their teeth, however, are actually scales."
Size 17.6 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer
Icon Great white shark (Wild World icon)

City Folk[]

Encyclopedia Information
Shark (City Folk)
"These have rows of teeth that can be replaced indefinably. Lucky shark!"
Size About 17.7 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
NL-Shark Render
"I caught a shark! GAH! Why am I holding it?!"
Size About 17.7 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught a great white shark! Watch out for its jaws!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) June - September
Months active (south) December - March

Further Information[]

Main article: Great white shark on Wikipedia
Great White Shark

A shark in real life. (Great White Shark)

The "shark" (named prior to New Horizons) very closely resembles the great white shark. Great white sharks are large predatory fish found in all the world's oceans. The sizes of about 17 feet long in the game are accurate to the actual average size of great whites. Although it has gained a reputation for being a man-eater from movies and other media (such as the 1974 Peter Benchley book and later the 1975 classic movie Jaws), there are relatively few unprovoked attacks on humans by this species. Great white sharks actually do not harm humans on purpose; they merely mistake surfers as seals. Its form has remained relatively constant for over 300 million years. Unlike most fish, sharks have no bones; their skeleton is made of cartilage.


  • A great white shark appears in the fossil exhibit in New Horizons, next to the coelacanth.
    • This could possibly be a megalodon.
  • The pun the player characters makes in New Horizons is likely a reference to the movie and novel series Jaws, which feature overgrown great white sharks as their antagonists.

In other languages[]

Great white shark
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese サメ Same -
France French Requin -
Spain Spanish Tiburón -
Germany German Hai -
Italy Italian Squalo -
The Netherlands Dutch -
Russia Russian Большая белая акула Bol'shaya belaya akula -
China Chinese 鲨鱼/鯊魚 shāyú -
South Korea Korean ' -

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