Ocean Park


Ocean park faq

The shark feeding occurs as part of every guided tour around the aquarium. Information on the guided tours can be found here.

Ocean Park is an aquarium experience like no other! All of the tour guides are qualified marine biologists that are passionate about their jobs and the animals in their care.

The aquarium has no directional signage and is designed so we can show you the animals, feed them, explain a little about their lives and answer all of your questions.

The #1 feedback we get from past customers is that the best part of the aquarium is the tour guides – their passion and knowledge. We ask that you stay with your tour guide for a least a full rotation, and then you are welcome to leave the tour and explore the aquarium yourself for the rest of the day.

You sure can! Our aquarium is mostly outside and our restaurant is on the balcony. Your pets are more than welcome as long as you clean up after them and keep them on the lead, wouldn’t want them jumping in to any enclosures!

Dolphins and dugongs are highly sensitive marine mammals that live in complex social groups. These animals are not suited to a life in captivity. For this reason, it is illegal to hold dolphins and dugongs in aquariums in Western Australia. You can see wild dolphins and dugongs in their natural habitat from the Oceans Restaurant deck or at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience, and dugongs on a wildlife sailing cruise in the Shark Bay Marine Park.

Great white sharks historically do not survive in captive aquarium situations. Tagged sharks have shown that these animals travel thousands of kilometres around the world, and for many reasons do not adapt to changes in feeding and surrounds. Monterey Bay Aquarium in California has had one of the most successful cases of a white shark in captivity – 10 days, before being forced to release the shark as it refused to feed.

The foods that tour guides feed the fish are specially formulated aquaculture pellets. They are not rated for human consumption and we find it safer for little fingers and tummies to take the temptation away.

Ocean Park only has turtles that are sick or injured, and come to our facility for rehabilitation. Once the turtles have been rehabilitated we release them back to the wild. These turtles stay with us for 6 months – 5 years and general these visits overlap so you can meet our rehabilitated turtles at the aquarium. In the rare times that there are no turtles at the aquarium, that means that there have been none that need our help!

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