We’ve covered origami fish as well as crabs before and in this post we’re going to be taking a look at all kinds of different sea creatures and animals found in the water.

There’s a lot of cool stuff here starting with these awesome eels. This is one of the coolest looking designs I’ve seen. I especially like how it looks when you use orange and white coloured paper like you see here. Not only do you get those awesome stripes but you get the eyes too.

Splendid Garden Eels
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gen_hagiwara/22961305132/

Splendid Garden Eel, Designed and Folded by Gen Hagiwara

Instructions not available


This jellyfish uses a tessellation for the body which gives it a pretty cool look.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/6947893504/

Jellyfish, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available


This puffer fish is a pretty popular model to fold and it always looks really great.

Puffer Fish
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/66587743@N04/15230757035/

Puffer Fish, Designed by Jang Yong Ik and Folded by Michael Novio

Diagrams available in Raison d’être 2014


Nguyen Ngoc Vu’s sailfish is an awesome design and this one folded by P. Colman is absolutely beautiful.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/20392888333/

Sailfish, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by P. Colman

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn


Satoshi Kamiya probably designed the coolest looking paper octopus I’ve seen. The entire thing with all the legs is folded from a single sheet of paper.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49643647@N06/6789344903/

Octopus, Designed by Satoshi Kamiya and Folded by Eyal

Instructions not available


This beautiful looking lobster is folded from a single sheet of paper!

Origami Lobster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alex_mironenko/14369203741/

Maine Lobster, Designed by Robert J. Lang and Folded by Alex Mironenko

Crease Pattern available from Robert J. Lang’s website


Here we have one of the best looking seahorses I’ve seen.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami_vilkas/8656577804/

Seahorse, Designed by Edwin C. Flores and Folded by Agnieska (Agne) Mackonyte

Diagrams available in 4 Esquinas Magazine #10


This mantis shrimp is one of the most impressive models out there. The entire thing is folded from one single sheet of paper and there are 104 steps! It took Shuki Kato over 15 hours to fold this.

Mantis Shrimp
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/6235459103/

Mantis Shrimp, Designed by Andrey Ermakov and Folded by Shuki Kato

Diagrams available in the 17th Origami Tanteidan Convention book


Here’s another awesome and quite complex model. There are 173 steps to fold this!

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/-adri79-/9300231367/

Nautilus, Designed by Manuel Sirgo and Folded by Adriano Davanzo

Diagrams available in SirgOrigami


This shrimp is another one of the most complex and mind blowing models that I’ve ever seen. The whole thing is folded from one sheet of paper!

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119910244@N05/21783958815/

Shrimp, Designed and Folded by Kota Imai

Crease pattern available from Kota Ima’s Flickr


These manta rays aren’t super complex but they look really great regardless. I really like how the curves on the wings make them look like they’re swimming.

Manta Ray
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/origamist/6829370897/

Manta Ray, Designed and Folded by Won Seon Seo

Instructions not available


Here’s another fantastic little crab.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexkrup/27373068880/

Crab, Designed by Komatsu Hideo and Folded by Alexander Krupnikov

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 2016 Special Issue


After than pun in the title of this post I definitely had to include at least one dolphin.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kobashi_san/24684120322/

Dolphin, Designed by Hideo Komatsu and Folded by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Diagrams available in Origami Tanteidan Magazine #155


This giant squid is easily one of the most beautiful origami models I’ve seen, especially with that paper.

Giant Squid
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/21671845270/

Giant Squid, Designed by Dai Lu and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available from 戴璐’s Flickr


We’ve covered seashells before and here’s another whole collection of them Joe Aida folded after watching Finding Dory. He even included a little paper Dory.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joeadia/29682877116/

Designed by Multiple Artists and Folded by Joe Aida


Here’s a very awesome imaginary creature that’s a redesign of Finward’s old Kraken model.

Mythic Cephalopod
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sebastianorigami/5336100321/

Mythic Cephalopod, Designed and Folded by Finward

Crease pattern available from Finward’s Flickr (in the comments)


This is probably my favourite shark design. The individual teeth are really awesome and so is the colour change that makes the belly of the shark white.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96787913@N02/15771280394/

Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by CaptainMoon

Diagrams available in VOG 2: Origami.vn


Here are some more of Beth Johnson’s fantastic tessellated jellyfish photographed at an exhibit.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ezorigami/14595323372/

Jellyfish, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson (Photo by Evan Zodl)

Instructions not available


Here’s another really awesome shark design from Nguyen Ngoc Vu.

Hammerhead Shark
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/phillipcurl/15721157388/

Hammerhead Shark, Designed by Nguyen Ngoc Vu and Folded by Phillip Curl

Diagrams available in the Tanteidan 20th Convention Book


This is probably the cutest little octopus design out there.

Flapjack Octopus
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55687485@N06/24704974145/

Flapjack Octopus, Designed by Gen Hagiwara and Folded by Magali

Diagrams available in Spirits of Origami


Here’s a very unique looking octopus that’s folded from one rectangle of paper. It was created as part of a challenge to create an octopus that doesn’t use the standard frog base. It’s pretty easy to get eight legs out of that base.

Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bethorigami/14379581098/

Octopus, Designed and Folded by Beth Johnson

Instructions not available


Here’s another absolutely fantastic crab. I love the joints in the legs, they look really real.

Blue Swimmer Crab
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pcolman/30274397741/

Blue Swimmer Crab, Designed by Kota Imai and Folded by P. Colman

Crease pattern available from Kota Imai’s Flickr


Kei Watanabe is one of the most impressive designer’s I’ve ever seen and his lobster design is incredible!

Japanese Spiny Lobster
Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/145614922@N07/30076029366/

Japanese Spiny Lobster, Designed and Folded by Kei Watanabe

Instructions not available


That’s it for this post. As usual be sure to visit all these amazing artists to send them some comments and favourites and let us know which one of these is your favourite in the comments.

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