Sea Creatures Sell Prices

On July 3rd, 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons for Nintendo Switch was updated with new swimming, diving and catching sea creatures features!

A total of 40 sea creatures can be found at different times of the year. They have their own Critterpedia page, and you can donate them to Blathers just like fish, bugs, fossils and art in order to fill the Museum's collection.

Sea creatures can also be sold for Bells at Nook's Cranny. They are pretty profitable as their sale price starts at 500 Bells (sea anemone, sea cucumber, sea star) and can go as high as 15000 Bells (gigas giant clam). Refrain from using the store's drop-off box where every item in the game sells for 20% less.

Also, the fact that they're found continuously in the sea and that you can stay in the water as long as you want (unlike tools that break, your wet suit won't), makes them a constant source of income.

Scroll down to check all sea creatures' prices in a sortable list!

(Animal Crossing NH Diving Image)
(Animal Crossing NH Sea Creature Bubbles Image)

How to swim and catch a sea creature

1/ Get a wet suit

You need to wear a wet suit to swim and catch sea creatures. Note that you can get a snorkel mask too, but it's not required to swim. Wet suits and snorkel masks come in a variety of colors and styles. You can buy a blue, red, yellow or black horizontal-striped wet suit at Nook's Cranny for 3000 Bells, redeem a green/grey Nook wet suit at Nook Stop for 800 Nook Miles or purchase a blue, green, pink or yellow leaf-print wet suit in the Special Goods section of Nook Shopping, also at the Nook Stop.

2/ Get in the water

Then, wearing the wet suit (without holding any tool), stand by the seashore and press "A" to enter the water. To jump into the water, press "A" while standing on a pier or rock.

3/ Swim and dive
  • In the water, swim slowly using the directional left stick only (vertical body position + feet and arms movements).
  • Press and hold "A" to swim at a normal speed (horizontal body + feet kicking).
  • Swim faster by repeatedly pressing "A" (horizontal body position + feet and arms movements).
  • Dive in or out of the water by pressing "Y" once.
  • Swim underwater by pressing "Y" once (to dive) then "A" (to swim).
4/ Catch sea creatures!

Now, to get a sea creature, look for air bubbles in the water as they indicate a sea creature (or a pearl) can be found below! Approach the bubbles then swim underwater (read the instructions here above) until you reach the sea creature's shadow. You'll automatically come back up with a catch.

You can also first start swimming (with your head above the water) and only dive the moment you're above the sea creature, but we find this is slightly less effective.

(Animal Crossing NH Gigas Giant Clam Image)

Tips and tricks

  • You can only swim in the sea — not in rivers or ponds.
  • You can only swim underwater for a limited amount of time (less than 10 seconds, about 7 arm movements), after which you'll automatically come back up for air.
  • Sea creatures have different shadow sizes (like fish), ranging from tiny to large.
  • Even though some of them don't move at all, most do and they have different speed (slow, normal, fast). The fast ones, harder to catch, sell for a higher price.
  • The size, spacing and speed of the bubbles produced change depending on the creature.
  • You can dive and catch pearls but they are in fact categorized as DIY materials — you won't be able to donate them to the museum, they won't appear in the Critterpedia, but they'll help you craft beautiful mermaid furniture. Pearls are static and their shadow is very small.
  • Once a day, catching a scallop will summon Pascal the otter who will trade it for a pearl, some mermaid furniture DIY recipe or mermaid-themed clothing.
  • Watch out for wandering jellyfish! They can sting and paralyze you.
(Animal Crossing NH  Scallop Trade Image)
(Animal Crossing NH Pascal the Otter Image)

ACNH sea creatures price list

Click on the up & down arrows in the table to sort the sea creatures by price (Nook's Cranny regular prices and lesser drop-off box prices) or alphabetically (by name, subcategory or particularity).

Clicking once sorts the chosen column in ascending order — from the lowest to the highest price or from A to Z. The second click sorts its items in descending order — from the most expensive to the cheapest or from Z to A.

Please note: All prices are in Bells.

Item Category Subcategory Particularity Sales Price Drop-Off Box
Abalone Sea Creatures Regular Speed Large Shadow 2000 1600
Acorn Barnacle Sea Creatures Doesn't move Tiny Shadow 600 480
Chambered Nautilus Sea Creatures Slow Medium Shadow 1800 1440
Dungeness Crab Sea Creatures Slow Large Shadow 1900 1520
Firefly Squid Sea Creatures Regular Speed Small Shadow 1400 1120
Flatworm Sea Creatures Regular Speed Tiny Shadow 700 560
Gazami Crab Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 2200 1760
Giant Isopod Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 12000 9600
Gigas Giant Clam Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 15000 12000
Horseshoe Crab Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 2500 2000
Lobster Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 4500 3600
Mantis Shrimp Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 2500 2000
Moon Jellyfish Sea Creatures Slow Medium Shadow 600 480
Mussel Sea Creatures Doesn't move Medium Shadow 1500 1200
Octopus Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 1200 960
Oyster Sea Creatures Slow Medium Shadow 1100 880
Pearl Oyster Sea Creatures Fast Medium Shadow 2800 2240
Red King Crab Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 8000 6400
Scallop Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 1200 960
Sea Anemone Sea Creatures Doesn't move Large Shadow 500 400
Sea Cucumber Sea Creatures Slow Large Shadow 500 400
Sea Grapes Sea Creatures Doesn't move Medium Shadow 900 720
Sea Pig Sea Creatures Fast Medium Shadow 10000 8000
Sea Pineapple Sea Creatures Doesn't move Small Shadow 1500 1200
Sea Slug Sea Creatures Slow Tiny Shadow 600 480
Sea Star Sea Creatures Doesn't move Medium Shadow 500 400
Sea Urchin Sea Creatures Doesn't move Medium Shadow 1700 1360
Seaweed Sea Creatures Doesn't move Small Shadow 600 480
Slate Pencil Urchin Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 2000 1600
Snow Crab Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 6000 4800
Spider Crab Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 12000 9600
Spiny Lobster Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 5000 4000
Spotted Garden Eel Sea Creatures Slow Medium Shadow 1100 880
Sweet Shrimp Sea Creatures Regular Speed Small Shadow 1400 1120
Tiger Prawn Sea Creatures Regular Speed Medium Shadow 3000 2400
Turban Shell Sea Creatures Slow Small Shadow 1000 800
Umbrella Octopus Sea Creatures Regular Speed Small Shadow 6000 4800
Vampire Squid Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 10000 8000
Venus' Flower Basket Sea Creatures Fast Large Shadow 5000 4000
Whelk Sea Creatures Slow Medium Shadow 1000 800

Total number of sea creatures: 40