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Oarfish Gallery

"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!" —New Horizons

The oarfish is a rare ocean fish introduced in New Leaf. It is active all day during the months of December to May. It has a huge shadow size and sells for 9,000 Bells.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"Oarfish are deep-sea-dwelling fish with long, thin, silver bodies and one red fin lining their backs. They can reach lengths of over 10 yards, making them huge and striking fish. They usually swim by twisting their long, thin bodies, but they can also swim in more vertical positions. Their mouths are small compared to their bodies and they have no teeth, so they're large but not imposing."

In New Horizons[]

In New Horizons, upon donation or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"The oarfish is a long, eel-like fish that can supposedly reach up to 36 feet in length. They appear in various legends as things like messengers of the gods. It seems to me a creature like that could explain the myth of massive, ship-crushing sea serpents. It is, of course, well documented that people tend to exaggerate the size of 'the one that got away.' "

The fish can be found in the front saltwater fish room, in the right deep-sea tank along with the barreleye, coelacanth and football fish.

Capture quotes[]

"I caught an oarfish! Good, I need a paddle!" —New Leaf
"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information[]

New Leaf[]

Encyclopedia Information
Oarfish encyclopedia (New Leaf)
"I caught an oarfish! Good, I needed a paddle!"
Size 230 inches
Habitat Ocean
Season Winter to Spring

New Horizons[]

Encyclopedia Information
"I caught an oarfish! I hope I catch morefish!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) December through May
Months active (south) June through November

Further information[]


A real-life Oarfish.

Main article: Giant oarfish on Wikipedia

The oarfish is a shy deep-sea fish that is extremely long. Known as the "King of the Herrings", it is the longest bony fish alive. It is assumed that many historical reports of sea serpents may actually have been oarfish. Although large in size they pose no threat to humans due to their diet of crustaceans, small fish, and other small creatures.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese リュウグウノツカイ Ryūgūnotsukai -
France French Poisson-ruban -
Spain Spanish Pez remo -
Germany German Riemenfisch -
Italy Italian Pesce remo -
The Netherlands Dutch Riemvis -
Russia Russian Сельдяной король Sel'dyanoy korol' -
China Chinese 皇带鱼/皇帶魚 Huángdàiyú -
South Korea Korean 산갈치 Sangalchi -

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