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Sweet shrimp Gallery

"I got a sweet shrimp! It's being very considerate." —New Horizons

The sweet shrimp is a benthic animal found at the bottom of the ocean in New Leaf and New Horizons. Diving is the only way of capturing it.

Donation to the museum

In New Leaf

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

"Also called "northern shrimp," they have a life span of about 5 years, in which they are male for half. After that time, the shrimps change genders and become females, a rather unique feature of the species. The females are a popular sashimi dish, but they don't instantly have their characteristic sweetness. That sweetness actually comes out after they're left to sit for a day, making them a dish of patience."

In New Horizons

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

"The sweet shrimp spends the first few years of its life as a male. It then transitions into a female as it ages. Interestingly, it is hardly alone in this type of development cycle. Indeed, a great variety of marine creatures can change their biological sex as they age. Clown fish, some sea stars, and sea bass are among them. Hoo hoo, the ocean is full of a great many wonders. Huzzah to that, I say!"

Encyclopedia Information

New Leaf

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
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"I got a sweet shrimp! Blech. Not sweet until cooked."
Size 5 inches
Time Night-Day
Season Winter

New Horizons

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
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"I got a sweet shrimp! It's being very considerate."
Current Active Hours 4pm–9am
Months active (north) Sep-Feb
Months active (south) Mar-Aug


Further information

Main article: Sweet shrimp on Wikipedia

Pandalus borealis is a species of caridean shrimp found in cold parts of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The FAO refers to them as the northern prawn. In their 8-year lifespan, males can reach a length of 120 mm (4.7 in), while females can reach 165 mm (6.5 in) long.

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