Sea Horse

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"I caught a seahorse! Giddy up! YEE HAW!" —Wild World
"I caught a sea horse! I meant to, of course!" —New Leaf
Sea Horse
Japanese タツノオトシゴ Korean Unknown Chinese Unknown
French Hippocampe Italian Unknown Spanish Caballito de mar
German Seepferdchen Dutch Zeepaardje Russian Морской конек
Sea Horse NH.png
Scientific name Hippocampus coronatus
(crowned seahorse)
Family Syngnathidae (pipefishes and seahorses)
Time of year April to November
Time of day All day
Location Ocean
Size 3.2 inches (8.1 cm)
Shadow size Tiny
Rarity Common
Rare (Pocket Camp)
Selling price 1,100 Bells
1,500 Bells (PAL Wild World)
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Sea Horse (タツノオトシゴ, Tatsunōtoshigo), known as the Seahorse prior to Animal Crossing: City Folk, is a fish introduced in Animal Crossing: Wild World. It can be found in the ocean at any time of the day, between the months of April and November. It has a tiny shadow size, the same size as the Clownfish and Sea Butterfly, and it sells for 1,100 Bells.

Catch details[edit]

In City Folk[edit]


Sea Horse
"I caught a sea horse! Nay? Yay!"

Description The female lays her eggs on the male. It's his responsibility from then on.
Times April: All Day
May - September: 9AM - 4PM
October - November: All Day
Peak Times
Location Ocean
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size About 3.2 inches (8.1 cm)
Selling Prices 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,100 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Sea Horse

Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Tiny
Fish Size 6.7 cm - 9.3 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate 1.8762 %
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1,500 Bells, 3 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie (20%), Bronze Treats (20%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Sea Horse
"I caught a sea horse! But... where's its sea jockey?"

Time of Year North: Apr – Nov
South: Oct – May
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size X-Small
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1100 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 1650 Bells
Tank Size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Upon donating to the Museum, Blathers will say;

In Wild World[edit]

"I can't think of a soul who claims to have eaten a meal of seahorse... However, it has been used for centuries as an herbal supplement, that I know. A supplement for what, I haven't the foggiest."

After being accepted by Blathers, the Seahorse can be found bobbing around in the ocean tank of the aquarium.

In City Folk[edit]

"This creature is covered in hard scales that suggest a relation to crabs or shrimp, but it's a proper fish. That said, it's a dreadful swimmer and can't usually move against powerful currents, eh wot? In such environments, the sea horse will cling to kelp and stay there until the waters calm a bit... Seeing those little fellows holding on for dear life makes me want to cheer them on! Cling, sea horse!"

It can be found in the bottom-right tank with the other small, ocean fish like the Clownfish and Sea Butterfly.

In New Leaf[edit]

Upon donation, the information board outside the tank that houses the Seahorse says:

"Sea horses don't look like fish, but they still share a lost of distinct connections. They use their small dorsal fins and tail fins to swim, but in actuality they're pretty bad swimmers. They wrap their tail fins around seaweed or coral so they won't float away with the current. Once attached, they feed on plankton and small shrimp that float by. The female deposits eggs in the male's pouch, putting the burden of child care on the male."

In New Horizons[edit]

"A, a favorite of mine, to be sure! The sea horse is such a very unique creature and is indeed a fish! Though, as far as fish go, sea horses are not great swimmers. The sea horse, you see, has but a wee fin on its back, which propels it through water rather poorly. Thus these fish are often found using their prehensile tails to hold tight in amongst the sea grass. And here's one final fact for you... Sea horses have no stomach and so must constantly feed to stay alive! Indeed, the life of a land horse sounds far easier than that of the hardworking horse of the sea."

Encyclopedia information[edit]

Wild World[edit]

Sea Horse WW.png ''They look like reptiles, but are in fact, fish. The female lays her eggs in the male's stomach."
  • Size- 3.1 inches (7.9 cm)
  • Habitat- Ocean
  • Season- Spring to fall

Further Information[edit]

The males carry the eggs in a brood poach located under the tail. The females lay their eggs into the pouch, and the male carries them around until they hatch. It is a harmless fish, popular in private and public aquariums.

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese タツノオトシゴ
Lit. "dragon's illegitimate child"; the common name for Hippocampus coronatus in Japan

Korean 해마

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
海马 / 海馬

Russian Морской конек
Morskoy konek

Dutch Zeepaardje Seahorse (lit. "little horse of sea")

German Seepferdchen Seahorse (lit. "little horse of sea")

European Spanish Caballito de mar Seahorse (lit. "little horse of sea")

European French Hippocampe Seahorse (from scientific name)

Italian Ippocampo Seahorse (from scientific name)