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"I caught an ocean sunfish! Good thing i brought ocean sunscreen!" —New Horizons

The ocean sunfish (マンボウ, Manbō?) is a rare ocean fish that appears during the summer months from 4 am to 9 pm.

Donation to the museum

As with all fish caught in Animal Crossing series, the ocean sunfish 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:

"I understand that ocean sunfish are edible, but... I've also heard that unless it's incredibly fresh, it tastes rather foul. As such, it's usually only eaten where it's caught!"

The ocean sunfish will be found in the second room in the ocean tank.

In City Folk

Upon donation, Blathers the curator will say:

"...The ocean sunfish, it turns out, is related to the blowfish! Shocking, no? Absolutely mind-boggly! The resemblance is quite strong in its little mouth and round body... Seems rather blowfishy to me! ...There's something almost therapeutic about watching its slow, dull movements and vacant expression."

It can be found in the tank at the back of the aquarium, with other ocean fish.

In New Leaf

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

"Ocean sunfish are a relative of blowfish that can reach up to two tons in weight. Lacking a tail fin, they cannot swim particularly quickly, which is an odd bit of anatomical detriment. The number of eggs they can lay is the most in the world at over 300 million. However, out of that 300 million, only one or two fish will ultimately survive. Ocean sunfish sometimes like to bob up and down on the surface of the ocean. This gives them the appearance they're sunbathing, which helps to make them a popular breed of fish."

In New Horizons

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

"The ocean sunfish is a large relative of the blowfish with an unusual shape, like a fish head with a tail. They are a fairly relaxed species, often content to ride where the currents take them. This is fortunate as, otherwise, the sight of a large head coming toward you might be alarming!"

Capture quotes

"I caught an ocean sunfish! Don't look directly at it!♪" —Wild World
"I caught an ocean sunfish! I'm feeling pretty sunny now!♪" —City Folk
"I caught an ocean sunfish! Good thing I'm wearing ocean sunscreen!" —New Horizon

Encyclopedia information

Wild World

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Ocean sunfish (Wild World) "A relative of the blowfish, they have caudal fins at birth, but as they grow, the fins vanish."
Size 9.75 feet
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer
Icon Ocean sunfish (Wild World icon)

City Folk

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
Ocean Sunfish (City Folk)
"Comical and cute at the same time, these are poor swimmers and eaters."
Size About 120 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer

New Leaf

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
OceanSunfishNL
"I caught an ocean sunfish! My day is brighter already!"
Size About 120 in.
Habitat Ocean
Season Summer


New Horizons

Fish
Encyclopedia Information
NH-Ocean sunfish
"I caught an ocean sunfish! Good thing I'm wearing ocean sunscreen!"
Habitat Sea
Months active (north) July - September, 4AM - 9PM
Months active (south) Unknown


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Further information

Sunfish

A real-life ocean sunfish

Main article: Ocean sunfish on Wikipedia

The Ocean Sunfish (genus Mola) is the type species of its family, Molidae. Its range is fairly widespread, being found in both temperate and tropical oceans. The word "Mola" is Latin for "millstone". They are closest in relation to two other fish in Animal Crossing, the Blowfish and the Pufferfish. When resting the Ocean sunfish will lay down on its side just below the ocean's surface. Their diet consistes of mostly jellyfish. Due to the makeup of their skull, ocean sunfish are unable to completely close their mouths.

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In other languages

Ocean sunfish
Language Name
Flag of Japan Japanese マンボウ Manbō
Flag of France small French Lune de mer
Flag of Spain Spanish Pez luna
Flag of Germany small German Mondfisch
Flag of Italy small Italian Pesce luna
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Klompvis
Flagofchinasmall Chinese 翻车鱼 Fānchēyú
Flag of South Korea Korean 개복치 Gaebokchi


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