Did you know?

To save oxygen turtles only use their eyes every 30 seconds or so.


Loggerhead turtles get their name from their thick neck that is thought to resemble a log.

Loggerhead turtles are the second largest marine turtles in the world. They can grow to 1m in length and weigh up to 150kg. The body of the loggerhead is protected by a bony brown shell, which has 5 pairs of large scales on each side. Loggerheads have a slow growth rate and take between 30 and 50 years to mature. They can live to be over 100 years old!

Turtles are the only group of reptiles that don’t have teeth. Loggerhead turtles have a plate in their beak-like mouth, which they use to crush fish, crabs and jellyfish.

Coastal Sharks

The largest sharks at AQWA are also the slowest. Grey Nurse sharks normally hover motionlessly outside of caves, but if a quick escape is needed they can flick their tail so fast it parts the water, making a bubble that cracks like thunder as it pops.

Pointy teeth and a stocky bull-like body give grey nurse sharks their scientific name Carcharius taurus. ‘Cacharo’ refers to their teeth and means sharp pointed or jagged in greek while ‘taurus’ means bull in latin.

When feeding, grey nurse sharks concentrate their food in one area by ‘nursing’ or rounding up small fish into tight schools. This behaviour gives them their nickname.

Did you know?

Baby grey nurse sharks eat each other while they are still inside their mum!

Australia's Largest Walk through Aquarium.


Did you know?

Fishes living in open water cannot retreat to shelter for protection, so most live in schools. Schooling makes swimming easier while also making it harder for a predator to focus on a single target.


Stingrays have a barbed, venomous spine located on their tail. Stingrays don’t actually ‘sting’ to catch their food, but if provoked will use their barb out of defence.

A close relative of the shark, stingrays have skeletons composed of cartilage. They are distinguished from sharks by a flattened body, which varies in shape from almost circular to diamond-shaped.

You can find stingrays in warm temperate and tropical ocean waters throughout the world. They spend most of their time near the sea floor and will hide buried underneath the sand.

To propel themselves through the water stingrays, such as the smooth ray, move their side fins in a wave-like motion and can swim backwards!

Did you know?

The smooth ray is the largest stingray in the world. When fully grown they can reach over 4m in length and weight over 350kg!

28° 13' 54.5155'' S, 113° 25' 42.0410'' E


AQWA’s stunning Shipwreck Coast exhibit showcases the marine life found from Lancelin to Kalbarri. This is where the white sandy beaches you find in Perth, slowly give way to spectacular red rock cliffs that plunge into the Indian Ocean.

To explore AQWA’s Shipwreck Coast you’ll travel on a conveyor belt, through an underwater tunnel in Australia’s largest single aquarium. This aquarium which holds an amazing 3 million litres of water – pumped directly from the adjacent Indian Ocean.