Whale Shark

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"Ohmigosh! I caught a whale shark! It could've swallowed me up!" —New Leaf
Whale Shark
Japanese ジンベエザメ Korean 고래상어 Chinese 鲸鲨
French Requin-baleine Italian Squalo balena Spanish Tiburón ballena
German Walhai Dutch Qalvishaai Russian Китовая акула
Whale Shark NH.png
Scientific name Rhincodon typus
(whale shark)
Family Rhincodontidae (whale sharks)
Time of year Summer
Time of day All day
Location Tortimer Island (NL)
Ocean (NH)
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.

Catch details[edit]

In Pocket Camp[edit]


Whale Shark

Event Availability None
Location Saltwater Shores
Shadow Size Huge With Fin
Fish Size 501.4 cm - 696.5 cm
Rarity ★★★
Catch Rate Cannot be caught at this time.
Selling Price 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 8,000 Bells
Request Reward 99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 2,000 Bells, 4 Heart PC Icon.png Friendship Points

In New Horizons[edit]


Whale Shark

Time of Year North: Jun – Sep
South: Dec – Mar
Time of Day All day
Location Sea
Shadow Size Large w/Fin
Selling Prices Nook's Cranny NH Map Icon.png Nook's Cranny99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 13000 Bells
C.J. NH Character Icon.png C.J.99k Bells NH Inv Icon cropped.png 19500 Bells
Tank Size 3.0 x 2.0

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.

A real-life whale shark

Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese ジンベエザメ

Korean 고래상어

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
鲸鲨 / 鯨鯊

Russian Китовая акула

Dutch Qalvishaai

German Walhai Whale Shark

European Spanish Tiburón ballena Whale Shark

European French Requin-baleine Whale Shark

Italian Squalo balena