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Scientific NameLatimeria chalumnae
AppearancesAnimal Forest
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing: Wild World
Animal Crossing: City Folk
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Date AvailabilityAll months, must be raining or snowing
Time Availability4pm to 9am [AF]
All day [AC] [ACWW] [ACCF]
Sales Price15,000 Bells
Shadow SizeHuge
Tank Size2x1

The Coelacanth is the rarest fish in the game, as it is only available when it is either raining or snowing. It was first introduced in Animal Forest and has continued to make appearances in all of the Animal Crossing games.


[edit] Player

After catching a Coelacanth, the player will make the following comment:

[edit] Animal Crossing

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT! I caught a living fossil! I didn't know they really existed!"

[edit] Animal Crossing: Wild World

"Woah Woah Woah! I caught a living fossil! Amazing! What were you doing down there?"

[edit] Animal Crossing: City Folk

"A coelacanth? I caught a living fossil! Amazing! Who knew these things were still around?"

[edit] Animal Crossing: New Leaf

"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?"

[edit] Menu

After you first catch a Coelacanth, the fishing menu will contain the following description:

[edit] Animal Crossing: Wild World

"Their fins look like feet. Unlike other fish, they crawl to swim."

[edit] Animal Crossing: City Folk

"Called "living fossils," these can grow as big as people."

[edit] Animal Crossing: New Leaf

"Holy fish sticks! I caught a coelacanth! Am I saying it right?"

[edit] Museum

If you donate this fish to the Museum, Blathers will make the following comments:

[edit] Animal Crossing: Wild World

"It was once thought that the coelacanth had gone extinct, eh wot? Indeed, right up until a scholar saw them lined up in a market. Hoo hoo! That would clearly suggest that they are edible, don't you agree? Though I must admit, they don't look like they would taste very good..."

[edit] Animal Crossing: City Folk

"Many years ago, the theory was that the coelacanth had gone extinct...But as it turns out, it still exists and has been living deep in the ocean this whole time, wot? Imagine! This fish has known the world since the dinosaurs... Perhaps it's the true master of the sea!"

[edit] Animal Crossing: New Leaf

The Museum's description after donating the Coelacanth will read the following:

"Coelacanths are ancient fish once believed to be extinct but recently discovered around South Africa. Called "living fossils," they have apparently changed very little over the past 400 million years. They can live for over 60 years and reach lengths of six feet but have rather small brains, even for fish. They have more fins and harder scales than the average fish, making them a rather resilient breed. Their flavor is very different from most fish, and they contain a fat that is indigestible by humans. It's for that second reason that eating them really isn't highly recommended."

[edit] Real Life

The Coelacanth was once thought to be extinct because of the fact that it was found as a fossil. However, this was proven wrong once a living Coelacanth was spotted in 1938 on the east coast of South Africa, off the Chalumna River. They mainly live in South Africa off of the coast, and eat other fish such as eels, squid, and small sharks. They are very successful in their hunt for food because of their ability to slow down their metabolism when they want. To live, they need to be in water as cold as 14°C to 22°C and they do not need much light.

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