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Turban shell Gallery

"I got a turban shell! It's totally TURB...ular!" —New Horizons

The turban shell is a deep-sea creature found at the bottom of the sea in New Leaf and New Horizons. Diving is the only way to obtain it.

Donation to the museum[]

In New Leaf[]

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

"They are related to spiral shells. Also, they have lids that cover the openings of their shells. When they walk, they remove the lid and move in the shell by shuffling their feet, much like snails. They become active at night and eat seaweed. They are delicious when cooked in the shell."

In New Horizons[]

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

"The turban shell is a sea snail with a rather nifty trick up its, shell. You see, this snail carries a hard, round, button-like "operculum" with it wherever it goes. What is an operculum, you ask? Why, it is a trapdoor of sorts! When danger approaches, the snail slips into its shell and pulls this trapdoor closed over the opening. Thus it is locked safe and sound inside. And bravo, I say! Bravo! When trouble comes knocking, just do what the turban shell does. Shut the door and turn out the lights!"

Encyclopedia Information[]

New Leaf[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
"I got a turban shell! It's like a little fancy hat!"
Size 6 inches
Time Night-Morning
Season Fall-Spring

New Horizons[]

Deep-Sea Creature
Encyclopedia Information
Turban shell nh
"I got a turban shell! It's totally TURB...ular!"
Current Active Hours 12am-12am
Months active (north) Mar-May, Sep-Dec
Months active (south) Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov

Further Information[]

Main article: Turban shell on Wikipedia

Turbo cornutus, the horned turban, is a delicacy in that is known as さざえ (sazae) in Japan. After being cooked, it can be pulled out by pulling on its operculum, a defensive lid that prevents the snail from drying out. As it is such a prized delicacy, it is raised commercially. They are bred and dumped into the sea to finish their life cycle, which reduces its genetic diversity, thus making it prone to disease.

In other languages[]

Turban shell
Language Name Translation
Japan Japanese サザエ sazae -
France French turbo -
Spain Spanish caracola espinosa -
Germany German turbanschnecke -
Italy Italian lumaca di mare NL
lumaca turbante NH
China Chinese 角蠑螺/角蝾螺 jiǎoróngluó -

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