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This article is about the creature found by diving in New Leaf​ and New Horizons. For the shell found previously in the Animal Crossing series, see Shells.
Scallop Gallery

"I got a scallop! It otter be savored." —New Horizons

The scallop is a benthic creature in New Leaf. It is indicated by a circular shadow, and diving is the only way of capturing it. In Wild World and City Folk, it was found on the shoreline as a shell.

In New Leaf and New Horizons, when a scallop is caught in the ocean, Pascal may appear to ask for it in exchange for specific items (including a mermaid-themed DIY recipe or a Pearl in New Horizons). This encounter can only happen once per day.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

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

"Scallops inhabit the cool ocean bed. They swim by rapidly clapping together their shell valves. The black does on scallops, known as wavy "strings," are actually their eyes. These eyes number over 80 but only really function as a means to sense light rather than motion. Often grilled and buttered, scallops have become a tasty seafood enjoyed all over the world."

In New Horizons

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

"Ah, the scallop! It just goes to show, you can't keep a good bivalve down. While most members of its family are known for staying put, the scallop is a nimble fellow indeed. When a hungry sea star approaches, the scallop can swim away by clap-clap-clapping its shells together! "How does a scallop know when a predator approaches?" you ask. Why, it has 200 eyes to see with! It makes one wonder what else the scallop sees with all those eyes... I fear it sees into my very soul!"

Capture Quotes

"I got a scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!" —New Leaf
"I got a scallop! It otter be savored." —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got a scallop! Hey, this isn't a potato at all!"
Size 6 inches
Time All day
Season All year

New Horizons

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"It otter be savored."
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) All year
Months active (south) All year


  • When the scallop is approached in the museum sea creatures tank, it will propel itself backwards as if it were spooked by the player. This only occurs once per area transition.
  • If the player gives up their scallop to Pascal, they can follow him while he swims away. If the player follows him long enough they can watch him crack the scallop open and eat it.

Further information

Main article: Scallop on Wikipedia

Scallops are a cosmopolitan family of bivalves, found in all of the world's oceans, though never in freshwater. They are one of very few groups of bivalves to be primarily "free-living"; many species are capable of rapidly swimming short distances and even of migrating some distance across the ocean floor. Many species of scallops are highly prized as a food source, and some are farmed as aquaculture.

In other languages

Language Name
Japan Japanese 帆立貝/帆立贝 fānlìbèi
France French Pétoncle
Spain Spanish Vieira
Germany German Kammmuschel
Italy Italian Capasanta

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