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Seaweed Gallery

"I got some seaweed! I couldn't kelp myself!" —New Horizons

Seaweed is a deep-sea creature found at the bottom of the ocean in New Leaf and New Horizons. It is indicated by a large, stationary circular shadow. Diving is the only way of capturing it.

Though not obtainable in-game, seaweed is present in the seawater tank of Animal Crossing's museum.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"Seaweed can be over three feet long. When its spores attach to rocks, they take root and grow. Seaweed is naturally brown but turns to the dark-green color we associate it with when cooked. It tends to spoil easily when picked, so various preservation methods have been developed as a necessity. Such methods of preservation are sprinkling ash and drying it out, or boiling it and adding salt."

When placed, it will appear directly on the groud rather than in a tank.

In New Horizons[]

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

"Let it be known that seaweed is a misnomer of the highest order! That is, it is not a noxious weed so much as it is a marine algae most beneficial to life on land and sea. Seaweed, you see, provides essential habitat and food for all manner of marine creatures. And it creates a great deal of the oxygen we land lovers love to breath too, hoo! And yet, I can't help but shudder when the slimy stuff touches my toes during a swim. Hoot! The horror!"


In New Horizons, certain types of deep-sea creatures can be used for cooking delicious dishes via DIY recipes for "sweet and savory". Seaweed is an ingredient in a total of 2 recipes:

  • Seaweed soup: 2x seaweed

Capture Quotes[]

"I got some seaweed! I just couldn't kelp myself!" —New Leaf
"I got some seaweed! I couldn't kelp myself!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Seaweed encylopedia
"I got some seaweed! I just couldn't kelp myself!"
Size 30 inches
Time All day
Season Winter-Summer

New Horizons[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Seaweed nh
"I got some seaweed! I just couldn't kelp myself!"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) October to July
Months active (south) April to January

Further Information[]

Main article: Seaweed on Wikipedia

The species of seaweed in Animal Crossing is known as wakame and is commonly used in cooking. It has a subtly sweet flavor and is most often served in soups and salads. In English, it is also known as sea mustard. It is native to cold temperate coastal areas of Japan, Korea, and China. In recent decades, it has become established in New Zealand, the United States, France, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Argentina, and Australia. It was nominated one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world.

In other languages[]

Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese ワカメ Wakame -
France French Wakame -
Spain Spanish Alga wakame -
Germany German Wakame-Alge -
Italy Italian Alga wakame -
China Chinese 裙帶菜/裙带菜 qúndàicài -

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