Whale shark

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Whale Shark NH Icon.png Whale shark  
Artwork of whale shark
Real-world info
Name: Rhincodon typus
(whale shark)

Family: Rhincodontidae (whale sharks)
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages
 Tiburón ballena
 Squalo balena
 Китовая акула
 Tiburón ballena

The whale shark[nb 1] is a very rare fish in the Animal Crossing series introduced in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It is the second-most valuable member of the shark family, selling for  13,000 Bells, and is the only shark that can be caught all day long; in New Leaf, it is also the only shark to appear exclusively on Tortimer Island. Like all other sharks, it appears with a finned shadow, and in New Horizons it can be found in the sea from summer to early fall.

Catch details[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]


Whale shark
"Ohmigosh! I caught a whale shark! It could've swallowed me up!"

Time of year All year
Time of day All day
Peak times N/A
Location Tortimer Island
Shadow size Huge (finned)
Fish size 600 cm
Selling price  13,000 Bells
Furniture size 2.0 x 2.0

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Whale shark

Event availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow size Huge (finned)
Fish size 501.4 cm - 696.5 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch rate Cannot be caught at this time
Selling price  8,000 Bells
Request reward  2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points
Fortune Cookie, Bronze Treats, Sparkle Stones (1.6%)

In New Horizons[edit]


Whale shark
"Thar she blows! I caught a whale shark! I'm tellin' ya, it was thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis big!"

Time of year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of day All day
Location Sea
Shadow size Very large (finned)
Rarity Rare
Spawn requirement Catch 50 total fish
Selling prices  Nook's Cranny 13,000 Bells
 C.J. 19,500 Bells
Furniture size 3.0 x 2.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

After players donate a whale shark to Blathers, it will appear in the section for fish and 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."

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 mighty whale shark is the largest species of fish in the world with specimens up to 60 feet long! Unlike many of their kin in the shark family, whale sharks are nonviolent, eating only plankton and such. They grow slowly and live long, relaxed lives of filter feeding and leisure in warm waters. So if you ever have to choose a fish as a roommate, you could do worse than the whale shark.
Unless you can't swim."

Fishing Tourney[edit]

In New Leaf[edit]

During a Fishing Tourney, when given a whale shark, Chip will say the following:

"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!"


Real-world information[edit]

A real-life whale shark

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

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ジンベエザメ
Whale shark

Korean 고래상어
Whale shark

Simplified Chinese 鲸鲨
Whale shark

Traditional Chinese 鯨鯊

Russian Китовая акула
Kitovaya akula
Whale shark

Dutch Walvishaai Whale shark

German Walhai Whale shark

European Spanish Tiburón ballena Whale shark

European French Requin-baleine Whale shark

Italian Squalo balena Whale shark


  1. Japanese: ジンベエザメ Hepburn: Jinbēzame