Whale Shark

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"Ohmigosh! I caught a whale shark! It could've swallowed me up!" —New Leaf
Whale Shark
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French Requin-baleine Italian Unknown Spanish Unknown
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Whale Shark NH.png
Scientific name Rhincodon typus
Family Rhincodontidae
Time of year Summer
Time of day All day
Location Ocean (Tortimer Island only)
Shadow size Huge (with fin)
Rarity Very Rare
Selling price 13,000 Bells
Main Appearances
Other Appearances

The Whale Shark (ジンベエザメ, Jinbēzame) is a very rare fish that can be found in the ocean surrounding Tortimer Island in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. The Whale Shark has a "huge (with fin)" shadow size when seen in the water.

Donating to the Museum[edit]

Donating in New Leaf[edit]

After players donate a Whale Shark to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and deep sea creatures, specifically in the large tank in the north-eastern room. The exhibit has this to say about the whale shark:

"Whale sharks are the world's largest fish, but they're surprisingly some of the gentlest. They can swim at only three mph, so although they're large and very imposing, they're not really a threat. They swim with their mouths open to swallow vast quantities of tiny creatures and seawater. As they expel the water through their gills, they will eat what then remains. Since they don't have to bite prey, their teeth are file-like and number about 10,000 in multiple rows."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

New Leaf[edit]

Chip will say this when given a Whale Shark:

"Hmm. I wonder, do whale sharks taste much like regular sharks? Or are they a bit more blubbery? Obviously, even if I tried to eat this all in one bite—and I did try once—I couldn't do it! Just not happening!"

Further Information[edit]

The whale shark is the largest extant fish species, feeding primarily on plankton and other small organisms.

The player catching a whale shark
A real-life whale shark

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Tiburón ballena Same as in English
French Requin-baleine Same as in English