Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Shark

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has no shortage of fish to catch, and trying to fill your museum collection can be great fun. One of the biggest and rarest is fish available is a shark, found in the sea surrounding your island. We'll show you how to catch a shark below, as well as what they're worth and exactly where to find them.

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How to Catch a Shark in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To catch a shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, players need to understand that there's actually four kinds of shark to be found: the Whale Shark, the Great White Shark, the Saw Shark and the Hammerhead Shark. All four of the sharks come out and can be caught at different points of the year. You can catch them in the same way as any other fish, but it's important to note that they are incredibly rare. The best thing you can do is use a lot of Fish Bait and keep trying!

How to Catch All Sharks

Below we've laid out all the times and dates at which all four species of shark are available. When your game meets the conditions below, head to any beach and start throwing in Fish Bait to look for large shadows with fins extending above the water level. As per usual when fishing, throw your rod out and wait for the sharks to bite!

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Shark Months (Northern Hemisphere) Months (Southern Hemisphere) Time of Day
Great White SharkJune-SeptemberDecember-March4PM-9AM
Whale SharkJune-SeptemberDecember-March24 Hours a Day
Hammerhead SharkJune-SeptemberDecember-March4PM-9AM
Saw SharkJune-SeptemberDecember-March4PM-9AM
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How Many Bells Can You Sell Sharks For?

Catching a shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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If you've already got sharks in your museum, then you will need to find a different use for the next ones you catch. You can display these in your home, around your island, or gift them to your villagers. However, the most profitable use of spare sharks in your inventory is selling them for some extra bells.

Sharks are definitely some of the more expensive fish. If you've caught one and have no current use for it, it's definitely worth pawning them off at Nook's Cranny. All four types of shark are worth thousands of bells. We've laid out their prices here for you to check:

  • Great White Shark - 15,000 Bells.
  • Whale Shark - 13,000 Bells.
  • Hammerhead Shark - 8,000 Bells.
  • Saw Shark - 12,000 Bells.
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That's all you need to know about catching sharks and what they're worth! Good luck on your hunt for them. For some more information on how to get the most out of your time as the Resident Representative on your island, we recommend checking out how to catch fleas to add to your museum's collection. Alternatively, for some unique decor, why not find Celeste and take part in some stargazing, so you can collect some valuable star fragments and DIY recipes?

This article was updated on 1st November 2021 by Kelsey Raynor.