the 19th century, giant blue catfish weighing from 125 to 200
pounds were reportedly caught on a regular basis. In his book
“Steamboating: 65 Years on Missouri’s Rivers,”
Capt. William Heckman described a 315-pound blue cat caught
just after the Civil War.
catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
candiru, a small, South American catfish is the only vertebrate
parasite of people. It has been known to enter the urethras
of bathers and swimming animals.
walking catfish moves across land from one body of water to
another. It uses its pectoral fins like legs and has a modified
gill chamber to get oxygen from the air.
largest confirmed record in the U.S. was a blue catfish weighing
150 pounds in 1879. The largest known blue caught in Tennessee
was a 130-pounder, fished from the Fort Loudon Reservoir in
big blue in the Aquarium's Nickajack Lake exhibit weighs more
than 90 pounds.
female blue catfish can produce as many as 100,000 eggs at
electric catfish, native to Africa, is capable of generating
up to 350 volts.
glass catfish is mostly transparent and often seen in home
aquariums. Catfish are also included in aquariums as scavengers,
to help keep the tank clean.
here for National Catfish Month press kit and downloadable
images w/ cutlines.
Tennessee Aquarium inspires wonder and appreciation for the
natural world. Admission is $17.95 per adult and $9.50 per child,
ages 3-12. Each ticket purchased helps support Aquarium conservation
programs. The IMAX® 3D Theater is next door to the Aquarium.
Ticket prices are $7.95 per adult and $5.50 per child. Aquarium/IMAX
combo tickets are $21.95 for adults and $12.50 for children.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.tnaqua.org or
by phone at 1-800-262-0695. The Aquarium, located on the banks
of the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, is a non-profit organization.
Open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Aquarium
and IMAX are accessible to people with disabilities. Members
enjoy unlimited visits and other benefits. Call 267-FISH to