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"Would you look at that! I caught a living fossil! I didn't know they really existed!" —Animal Crossing (GCN)
"Whoa! Whoa! Woah! I caught a living fossil! Amazing! What are you doing down there?" —Wild World
"A coelacanth? I caught a living fossil! Amazing! Who knew these things were still around?" —City Folk
"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?" —New Leaf
"Blast from the past! I caught a coelacanth! Think positive! Be a coela-CAN!" —New Horizons
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Scientific name Latimeria chalumnae
Family Latimeriidae - Gombessa
Time of year All year
Time of day All day (Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+, New Horizons)
4 PM to 9 AM (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf)
Location Ocean when raining (Animal Crossing, Animal Forest e+)
Ocean when snowing or raining (Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Size 168 cm
Shadow size Very Large (Animal Crossing, Wild World)
Huge (Animal Forest e+, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons)
Rarity Very Rare
Selling price 15,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Coelacanth (pronounced ˈsiː.lə.kænθ, "seel-uh-canth") (シーラカンス, Shīrakansu) is a very rare fish, introduced in Animal Crossing. The player can only fish for it at the ocean if it is raining or snowing. Coelacanths appear in every main Animal Crossing series title. It first appears in Doubutsu no Mori, in which it is the only fish to be featured in the ocean.

The player has the option to donate a Coelacanth to the museum, and it is worth 15,000 Bells. They can view it in a large tank in the back of the fish exhibit. In New Leaf, it is grouped in the same tank as other large saltwater fish.

In Doubutsu no Mori e+, the Coelacanth can only be encountered once per play session, even if the player fails to catch it. Saving & quitting and/or restarting the console will allow another encounter.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

As with all fish in the Animal Crossing series, the Coelacanth can be donated to the museum, followed by a small talk by Blathers about it

In Animal Crossing[edit]

"Hoo, my goodness! Glorious! Seen in this light, of course, it's quite a grotesque beast. And yet, it does have a certain peculiar allure, wot? You may rest assured that we shall treat it with much affection and respect, wot! My word as a gentleowl."

In Wild World[edit]

"It was once thought that the coelacanth had gone extinct, eh wot? Indeed, right up until a scholar saw them lined up in a market. Hoo hoo! That would clearly suggest that they are edible, don't you agree? Though I must admit, they don't look like they would taste very good..."

In City Folk[edit]

"Many years ago, the theory was that the coelacanth had gone extinct...But as it turns out, it still exists and has been living deep in the ocean this whole time, wot? Imagine! This fish has known the world since the dinosaurs... Perhaps it's the true master of the sea!"

In New Leaf[edit]

Once the Coelacanth is donated, there is information on the board in front of the tank that houses it.
"Coelacanths are ancient fish once believed to be extinct but recently discovered around South Africa. Called "living fossils," they have apparently changed very little over the past 400 million years. They can live for over 60 years and reach lengths of six feet but have rather small brains, even for fish. They have more fins and harder scales than the average fish, making them a rather resilient breed. Their flavour is very different from most fish, and they contain a fat that is indigestible by humans. It's for that second reason that eating them really isn't highly recommended."

In New Horizons[edit]

Blathers will say the following about the Coelacanth:

The coelacanth is a deep-sea fish that has been around since the age of the dinosaurs. They were long thought extinct, so when living specimens were discovered, it was quite a shock! Now I'll just have to figure out where in the museum to display it-fish or fossils!

When donated, the Coelacanth can be found in the north-eastern-most room of the fish exhibit, in the "deep sea" tank which is near the submersible and diving suit. It shares this tank with the Barreleye, Football Fish, and Oarfish.

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Coelacanth WW.png ''Nocturnal. Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."
  • Size- 4.9 feet (1.5 m)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- All year

City Folk[edit]

Coelacanth (City Folk).png ''Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."
  • Size- About 60 inches (150 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- All year

Further information[edit]

A real world Coelacanth

The Coelacanth is an ancient order of fish that was, for a long time, believed to be extinct, due to their disappearance from the fossil record 66 million years ago. The first ever live one was caught in 1938. It can grow up to two meters in length and lives for an average of forty-eight years. Coelacanths are found off the south coast of Africa, living in steep rocky shores, sheltering in caves during the day. It can travel around eight kilometers a night in search for food, passively swimming with the current, making it a "slow-moving" fish that only uses its fins to adjust its position. It preys on fish and squid, but some have been known to eat eels, skates, and even sharks. Its main predator is likely to be large sharks.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シーラカンス
Spanish Celacanto Coelacanth
French Cœlacanthe Coelacanth
German Quastenflosser Coelacanth
Italian Coelacante
Celacanto (NL)


  • In City Folk, if the player gives a Coelacanth to Wendell, he refuses to take it, saying his mother told him to not eat them. In the real world, coelacanth are inedible fish.