Animal Crossing New Horizons: How to Catch a Whale Shark

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 6:00 am

Here's what you need to know about catching this massive animal.

One of the biggest fish you can capture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the whale shark, a massive creature that’s found in the ocean around your island.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the whale shark can be captured from June to September. As reported by Prima Games, it appears in the Southern Hemisphere from December to March. The whale shark can be captured at any time of day.

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While many aquatic animals appear as standard silhouettes of various sizes, the whale shark is a bit different, as its silhouette has a fin that sticks up out of the water. Unfortunately, there are multiple creatures that have this fin, so when you spot one sticking out of the water, it’s not guaranteed to be a whale shark. However, looking for the fin can help you narrow it down.

Remember, if you want to speed up the process of spawning and capturing fish, there are a couple of things you can do. For instance, if you see a silhouette that doesn’t match the fish you want to capture, you can run along the water’s edge to make it disappear, which will allow another fish to spawn in its place.

You can also use Fish Bait to cause fish to instantly appear in the water. There’s no guarantee a whale shark will appear when you toss a Fish Bait into the water, but it can’t hurt to try!

And there you have it! Have fun tracking down this massive creature!

To learn more about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or to view the rest of our guides for the game, check out our previous coverage.

Have you captured a whale shark in Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @superparenthq.

Disclosure: Nintendo gave SuperParent a code for Animal Crossing: New Horizons for coverage purposes.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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