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Sharks are an interesting case, as some of them only appear in specific hemispheres during certain times of the year. At the start of the game, the player has the option between the southern and northern hemispheres. Here is the month layout for sharks in each hemisphere.

  • Southern Hemisphere – December to March
  • Northern Hemisphere – June to September.

Sharks will only appear during these time periods. Players can change the date on their Nintendo Switch to reach these times. Here are tips and tricks for catching sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Catching Sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A player with a fishing rod looks over the ocean in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

For starters, sharks are unique because they have fins that peek out of the water. Here are the types of sharks players can encounter.

  • Great White Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Saw Shark
  • Whale Shark

These specifically spawn only in the beach area, so don’t waste time searching for them in rivers or ponds. Using Manila Clams to create Fish Bait to bring out fish instead of having to run around for them to spawn. Throw the line and make sure to time it when the lure goes deep into the water. Keep searching up and down the beach until the shark begins to spawn.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is designed so that players don’t complete every objective as soon as the game begins. It is a game that is meant to be played over a long period of time. The change of hemispheres is one way to bring players back to catch the more rare fish. Sharks also sell for high value at Nook’s Cranny. Also, if the player has a friend they could visit where their island takes place during another time period, it’s another effective way to farm for sharks. Finding sharks in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is always a rewarding experience.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons is available on the Nintendo Switch.

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