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Filed under: General — Laura Moncur @ 11:42 pm

A Living Fossil!

Ever since I started obsessively playing Animal Crossing back in October, I have been watching the weather on the little computer game televisions. I check it regularly so I can find out if it’s going to rain or snow the next evening. All of this obsession with the weather is focused on one thing, catching a coelacanth.

Today, I was sick in bed with a sore throat, achy body and throbbing ears. Since it was snowing, I started fishing after Coelacanth Time (4pm-9am). Finally, after hours and hours of fishing in the snow and rain, I caught one. I could have sold it for 15,000 Bells (that’s a lot of money), but I don’t need money. I would have paid 1,000,000 Bells to catch one or buy one from someone else. I donated it to the museum. Blathers was happy to recieve it.

I donated the coelacanth to the museum, of course.

One of the things that I love about this game is its realism. The coelacanth is an incredibly difficult fish to catch in the game, as in real life. You can find out more about it here:

The coelacanth is so rare that it was considered extinct until it a specimen was found in 1938. Since then, many coelacanths have been caught, but it is a rare fish. I love how the game teaches me about fish I would have never cared about in my daily life in Utah. I’m 37 years old and I had never heard about the coelacanth until I found myself obsessively trying to catch one in a video game.

The coelacanth in the museum.



  1. I love this game too! I hve been playing it for over a year and I cought my first coelacanth a few months ago! It was the last fish to catch and I got all giggly and bouncy for about a week afterwards. YES! This game can be rewarding in it’s own aspect. I have all the insects except for the regular bee (AC:WW version) and I have a decent sized special flower garden of hybrids, and a huge crop of all the other flowers. If you’d like to you are welcome to e-mail me on all things Animal Crossing, I have the walk-through book if you need any info as internet and forum searches can be quite confusing. Oh, and did you know there is a 9 part mini series on youtube.com of Animal Crossing in full cartoon annimation? It’s pretty cool. The only thing is that it is all spoken in Japanese, but if you can find it it is pretty adorable to watch….. =)

    Comment by Kelly — 7/29/2007 @ 11:45 pm

  2. Wow! That’s really cool. Good for you, I hope that you enjoy that fish. My friend Amanda has been trying to catch one for a whole month, no luck. Even her parents are yelling at her cause she is staying up to catch it. Haha. I’m gonna go over her house this weekend to help her catch one. Thanks for this post!

    Comment by Brigette — 12/23/2008 @ 3:02 pm

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