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Artwork of mahi-mahi
Real-world info
Name: Coryphaena hippurus

Family: Coryphaenidae (mahi-mahis)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The mahi-mahi (pronounced /ˈmɑːhiːˈmɑːhi/, "MA-hee-MA-hee") is a rare fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It appears as a very large shadow off the pier all day long from late spring to mid fall. It is the only fish that does not have a huge shadow size in New Horizons that the player holds with both hands when initially caught or showing it off.

It also appears in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as an event fish that was available for a limited time during Fishing Tourney: Fintastic, from November 12 to November 19, 2020.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]



Event availability Fishing Tourney 32 (Fintastic)
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Sparkling
Fish size 105.1 cm – 114.9 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch rate Event only
Selling price  N/A Bells
Request reward  N/A Bells

In New Horizons[edit]


"I caught a mahi-mahi! It's all mahine-mahine."

Time of year North: May – Oct
South: Nov – Apr
Time of day All day
Location Pier
Shadow size Very large
Rarity Rare
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 6,000 Bells
 C.J. 9,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

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

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to Blathers or selecting "Tell me about this!" in New Horizons, he will provide the following information about the fish:

"The mahi-mahi is an ocean fish known for its wide, somewhat-cute face. It can reach over six feet long. It is known by many different names including "dolphinfish," even though it has no relation to dolphins. They live only in warm, tropical waters...which perhaps explains the relaxed, happy look on their faces."

Once donated, the mahi-mahi can be found in the north-east room of the fish exhibit, in the large central tank with the porthole windows. It will often swim near the glass wall, and sometimes will try to pierce the Anchovy school, scattering them for a moment - it shares this behavior with many of the large fish also in this tank.


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life mahi-mahi

Mahi-mahi, also referred to as the common dolphinfish is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide. It is one of two members of the family Coryphaenidae, alongside the pompano dolphinfish. These fish are most commonly found in the waters around the Gulf of Mexico, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.
More information on this topic is available at Wikipedia.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese シイラ

Korean 만새기

Simplified Chinese 鬼头刀
Mahi-mahi/Coryphaena (lit. "monster-headed knife")

Traditional Chinese 鬼頭刀

Russian Корифена
From genus name

Dutch Goudmakreel Mahi-mahi/Coryphaena (lit. "golden mackerel")

German Goldmakrele Coryphaena (lit. "golden mackerel")

European Spanish Lampuga Mahi-mahi

European French Coryphène From genus name

Quebec French Mahi-mahi -

Italian Lampuga Mahi-mahi