National Aquarium officially inaugurated
The National Aquarium was inaugurated yesterday by the Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat. The complex was completed within two years after its building started on the Qawra seafront.
The Malta National Aquarium project is spread over 20,000 square meters and has 26 display tanks with, among others, Mediterranean fish, including fish commonly found in Maltese waters together with replicas of historical artefacts that one can find in the seas around the Maltese islands.
The main tank of the aquarium houses species from the Indian Ocean, including eight black tip sharks, horn sharks, rays, eels and other exotic species. The main tank is approximately 12 meters in diameter and has a walk-through tunnel that allows visitors to experience the fish at a much closer range.
The complex comprises a public landscaped belvedere at promenade level, a multi storey car park, facilities for local dive schools, catering facilities and the Cafe del Mar club.