The Aquarium of Western Australia (AQWA)
is a privately owned aquarium
in Hillarys, Western Australia
. It opened as Underwater World, Perth
on April 13 1988
and was acquired by the current owners, Coral World International and Morris Kahn, in 1991
. It changed to its current name on January 1 2001
The aquarium's main tank is 40 metres long and 20 metres wide and holds 3 million litres of seawater. It incorporates a 98 metre acrylic tunnel. The facility holds approximately 400 different species of marine life.
The facility is also host to a seal enclosure, "Seal Island". From 1992 to 1999 the aquarium also hosted a family of dolphins enclosed in a sea pen, which later died due to poisoning.