Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Whale Shark

Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Whale Shark

The Whale Shark is one of the largest fish you can catch in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Here's how to get your hands on one.

Once summer has begun in Animal Crossing New Horizons you'll start to notice sharks swimming in the oceans around your island. The largest of the bunch is the Whale Shark, a pretty rare fish that can fetch you a fair amount of Bells if you sell it. In this guide we'll explain how to catch a Whale Shark, what shadow size to watch out for, and the sale price.

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How to Catch a Whale Shark in Animal Crossing New Horizons

To catch a whale shark in Animal Crossing New Horizons you will need to head to your island's beaches, as they can only be caught in the ocean. The Whale Shark is available between the months of June and September in the Northern Hemisphere (December-March in Southern Hemisphere). The Whale Shark appears at all times of the day, so you will just need to look for the correct shadow and cast your line. To speed things up you can use fish bait.

Whale Shark Shadow Size

Given that the Whale Shark is the only shark to appear in the day during the month of June (for a look at the other fish added in Summer, head here), you only need to look for one specific shadow size. It is medium-sized, with a noticeable fin on it. We've included a screenshot below.

Look for the fin poking out above the water | Jake Green/USG

Whale Shark Sell Price

If you manage to catch a Whale Shark you can sell it at Nook's Cranny for 13,000 Bells. If you wait and sell it to CJ however, you'll get 19,500 per Whale Shark. Check out our CJ Guide for info on when he'll appear.

We're gonna need a bigger boat | Jake Green/USG

There's plenty more island fun to be had right here on USG, so be sure to check out some of our other Animal Crossing New Horizons articles. First up there's Caty's review. After that, why not check out whether or not any Animal Crossing characters made our Top Nintendo Characters of the Decade ranking?

Jake Green

Guides Editor

Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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