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Whelk NH Icon.png Whelk  
Artwork of whelk
Real-world info
Name: Unknown
Family: Buccinidae
Main appearances

Other appearances
Names in other languages

The whelk is a type of sea creature in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 1.3.0 Free Summer Update in July 2020. It appears all day as a small, slow shadow year-round.

Catch details[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]


"I got a whelk! Happy snails to ya."

Time of year North: All year
South: All year
Time of day All day
Shadow size Small
Shadow movement Slow
Spawn requirement Appears from the start of the game
Selling price  1,000 Bells
Furniture size 1.0 x 1.0

Donating to the museum[edit]

In New Horizons[edit]

When donating to the museum, Blathers will say the following:

"Whelks are sea snails that migrate from deep water to shallow water when the weather changes. Avid carnivores, they feed on worms, crustaceans, and mollusks. In fact, these wily snails have been known to use their own shells to pry open the shells of their victims! They then use a rough tongue-like organ with thousands of tiny teeth to lick their victim's shells clean. Eh...you might want to put that image out of your mind when it's your turn to dine."

Once donated, the whelk is located in the sea butterfly tank.


Names in other languages[edit]

Japanese バイガイ
Whelk / Japanese Babylon

Korean 수랑
Babylonia japonica

Simplified Chinese 花螺
huāluó / éluó
Babylonia / Whelk

Traditional Chinese 峨螺

Russian Моллюск-трубач
Whelk, lit. "trumpet mollusk"

Dutch Wulk Whelk

German Babylon-Seeschnecke Babylon sea snail

European Spanish Buccino Buccinid / whelk

European French Bulot Buccinid / whelk

Italian Buccino Buccinid / whelk