Hammerhead Shark

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"I caught a hammerhead shark! Got any nails?" —Wild World
"I caught a hammerhead shark! I really nailed it!" —New Leaf
"I caught a hammerhead shark! I hit the nail on the head!" —New Horizons
Hammerhead Shark
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Scientific name Sphyrna lewini
(scalloped hammerhead shark)
Family Sphyrnidae (hammerhead sharks)
Time of year June to September
Time of day 4pm to 9am
Location Ocean
Size About 2.6 m
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Rarity Rare
Selling price 8,000 Bells
12,000 Bells (PAL Wild World)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The hammerhead shark (シュモクザメ, Shumokuzame) is the most common member of the shark group. This large fish always appears in the ocean during the summer months, between June and September. The hammerhead shark has always sold for 8,000 Bells, except in the PAL versions of Animal Crossing: Wild World, where it sells for 12,000 Bells, as much as the Hercules Beetle or the newer Golden Stag beetle.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


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"I caught a hammerhead shark! Knew I just had to keep hammering away at it!"

Description These travel in schools, which is rare for sharks. Try to avoid running into one.
Times June - September: All Day
Peak Times
Location Ocean
Shadow Size Large
Fish Size About 100 inches (250 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


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Event Availability Fishing Tourney: Poolside
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Sparkling
Fish Size 208.9 cm - 291.1 cm
Rarity ★★
Catch Rate Event only.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png N/A Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png N/A Bells

In New Horizons[edit]


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"I caught a hammerhead shark! I hit the nail on the head!"

Time of Year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of Day 4 PM – 9 AM
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large w/Fin
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 12000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the Museum[edit]

When donated to the Museum, this fish always goes into the back tank, the ocean tank.

In Wild World[edit]

Blathers will comment on the player's donation as follows:

"The fin of the hammerhead shark is used in some foreign cooking, eh wot? Indeed, it is used in a delightful delicacy called shark's-fin soup! This dish is usually quite pricey because of all that goes into its preparation. Why, it takes three days merely to reconstitute the dried shark's fin! After THAT, the chef must pick out the skin and cartilage with tweezers! Only after all that can it be used as an ingredient. THAT is a just cost!"

In City Folk[edit]

Blathers will say this when handed the big fish:

"Ah, the hammerhead shark, also, I believe, known simply as the hammerhead in certain circles. The hammer-shaped head is thought to give this shark a great sense of its environment...like radar. Compared to other sharks, this one wears a bit of a daft expression that some people find charming!"

The hammerhead can then be found "pacing" in the back tank, much like the blue marlin.

In New Leaf[edit]

"The hammerhead shark is a shark with a head like a hammer, which is what you'd expect. However, despite being sharks, they are actually fairly laid back, which is not what you'd expect. With their eyes positioned on the two ends of their 'hammer,' they can see in almost all directions. Oddly, their nose holes are located right next to their eyes on their hammer section. They have a number of small holes on the front and lower portions of their heads as well. These holes allow them to detect prey, even fish hiding below them and out of sight. While they eat a nice array of fish, it seems rays are their favorite source of food. Rays, beware!"

In New Horizons[edit]

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Hammerhead Shark WW.png ''There are eight species of hammerheads. They school and rarely attack humans."
  • Size- 2.5 m
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Summer

{{FishInfoNH north = June - September south = December - March time = 4 PM - 9 AM }}

Further information[edit]

A hammerhead shark.

It's fins are valued for the delicasy shark fin soup.

Names in other languages[edit]

European Spanish Pez martillo Literally, "hammer fish".