Moray Eel

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"I caught a moray eel! Now that's a moray!" —City Folk
"I caught a moray eel! And I was like, "No way! Deal!"" —New Leaf
Moray Eel
Scientific name Gymnothorax kidako
Family Muraenidae - Moray eels
Time of year August to October (City Folk)
June to December (New Leaf)
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size About 80 cm
Shadow size Very Large
Rarity Rare
Selling price 2,000 bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Moray Eel (ウツボ, Utsubo) is a rare fish in the eel family. It is yellow with a brown top and tail. It sells for as much as its freshwater counterpart, 2,000 Bells. The fish has a very large shadow when in the water. It appears in Animal Crossing: City Folk and Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

In City Folk[edit]

The moray eel in the museum.

Upon donation to the Museum, Blathers says the following:

"The moray eel has a reputation as the gangster of the deeps, eh wot? But in actuality... It's quite the scaredy-pants and rarely strays from the home it makes between large rocks. If one doesn't start any trouble, one won't find any trouble. Such is the philosophy of the moray. It's rather universal, wot? The stronger one is, the more one understands the value of avoiding trouble..."

In the Museum, this fish appears in the back tank, under a rock. It occasionally pokes its head out.

In New Leaf[edit]

The information board in front of the tank that houses the moray eel says the following:

"Moray eels can often be seen sticking just their heads out from between two rocks. When unsuspecting prey approaches, they dart out to snatch it up into their sharp-toothed mouths. Once moray eels have their teeth in you, it's hard to get away, making moray-eel bites no trifling matter. Their long, finless bodies are covered in tough, snakelike skin that often gets used as leather."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

City Folk[edit]

Moray eel (City Folk).png ''These natural enemies of the octopus hide in the rocks in the shallow sea."
  • Size- About 80 cm
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Summer to fall

Further information[edit]

A real moray eel.

The Animal Crossing series moray can be found in shallow Pacific waters off the coast of Japan in reality. The approximately 200 species in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water, and a few, for example the freshwater moray can sometimes be found in fresh water. The body is generally patterned. In some species, the inside of the mouth is also patterned. Their jaws are wide, framing a protruding snout. Most possess large teeth used to tear flesh or grasp slippery prey items.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Morena Moray eel
French Murène Moray eel
Italian Murena Moray eel