Hammerhead Shark

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Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark NH.png
Real-world info
Name: Sphyrna lewini
(scalloped hammerhead shark)

Family: Sphyrnidae (hammerhead sharks)
Main appearances
Other appearances
Name in other languages
 Requin marteau
 Pez martillo
 Pesce martello
 Pez martillo

The Hammerhead Shark[nb 1] is a saltwater fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It is typically available June through September from 4 PM to 9 AM. 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.
Time of year Unknown
Time of day Unknown
Peak times
Location Sea
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Fish size 250 cm
Selling price  8,000 Bells
Furniture 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.
Time of year Jun - Sep
Time of day 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Fish size About 100 in.
Selling price  8000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

In New Leaf[edit]


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

Time of year Jun - Sep
All year (Tortimer Island)
Time of day 4 PM - 9 AM
Peak times N/A
Location Sea
Tortimer Island
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Fish size 250 cm
Selling price  8000 Bells
Furniture 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  N/A Bells
Request reward  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
Spawn requirement Catch 20 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 8000 Bells
 C.J. 12000 Bells
Furniture 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