Hammerhead Shark

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Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark NH.png
Scientific name
Sphyrna lewini
(scalloped hammerhead shark)
Sphyrnidae (hammerhead sharks)
Months available June to September
Times available 4pm to 9am
Location Ocean
Size About 2.6 m
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Rarity Rare
Sell price 8,000 Bells
12,000 Bells (PAL Wild World)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages

Japanese シュモクザメ
Simplified Chinese 双髻鲨
French Requin marteau
Spanish Pez martillo
Italian Pesce martello
Russian Рыба-молот

Korean 귀상어
Traditional Chinese 雙髻鯊
Quebec French Requin-marteau
Latin American Spanish Pez martillo
German Hammerhai
Dutch Hamerhaai

The Hammerhead Shark[nb 1] is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It's typically available June through September during the hours of 4PM and 9AM. In New Horizons it is also available December through March in the Southern Hemisphere only. In Pocket Camp it can be obtained during a Fishing Tourney.

Catch details[edit]

In Wild World[edit]


Hammerhead Shark
"I caught a Hammerhead Shark! Got any nails?"

Description There are eight species of hammerheads. They school and rarely attack humans.
Times Jun - Sep: 4PM - 9AM
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Huge (with fin)
Fish Size 250 cm
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8,000 Bells
PAL: 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 12,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In City Folk[edit]


Hammerhead Shark
"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 Jun - Sep: All Day
Peak Times
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large (with fin)
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 New Leaf[edit]


Hammerhead Shark
"I caught a hammerhead shark! I really nailed it!"

Times Jun - Sep: 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak Times
Location Sea (including Tortimer Island)
Shadow Size Huge (with fin)
Fish Size 250cm
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8,000 Bells
Tank Size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Hammerhead Shark

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]


Hammerhead Shark
"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
Total Catch 20
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 sea 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]

"The hammerhead shark is known for its distinctive, hammer-shaped head, hence the name. Er, obviously. Anyhoot, this oddly shaped head allows the beast to see 360 degrees around itself, from top to bottom. Imagine being able to see so widely! You could check for untied shoelaces AND imminent rain simultaneously!"


Real-world information[edit]

A hammerhead shark.

Hammerhead sharks are a group of warm-water sharks that are often found along coastlines. They are named for their flat, wide heads which are a distinction among the species with very little variation. Unlike most sharks hammerheads only hunt solo at night, preferring to school during the day. Their diet consists of squid, fish and crustaceans, with stingray being a favorite. Despite being a coastal shark, hammerheads rarely attack humans unprovoked. Hammerheads are often targeted for "finning", a process of cutting the dorsal fin off and releasing the shark, due to the fin's status as a delicacy.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シュモクザメ
Lit. "hammer shark"

Korean 귀상어
Lit. "ear shark"

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
双髻鲨 / 雙髻鯊
Lit. "double-bob shark"

Russian Рыба-молот
Lit. "hammer fish"

Dutch Hamerhaai Lit. "hammer shark"

German Hammerhai Lit. "hammer shark"

European Spanish Pez martillo Lit. "hammer fish"

European French Requin marteau Lit. "hammer shark"

Quebec French Requin-marteau Lit. "hammer shark"

Italian Pesce martello Lit. "hammer fish"


  1. Japanese: シュモクザメ Hepburn: Shumokuzame