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For people who have spent any time at all around the Tennessee River, tall tales of “catfish as big as Volkswagens” are as common as fleas on a dog. The oft-told legend has it that man-eating catfish the size of small cars have been sighted near the base of area dams by maintenance divers (whose hair reportedly turned white from the shock of the sighting).

The first reaction to these fish tales may be head-shaking disbelief, but after spotting the enormous blue catfish in the Tennessee Aquarium’s Nickajack Lake exhibit, visitors may find themselves wondering if the tales are true instead of tall.

This press kit includes fun and interesting facts about catfish. If you can't find it here, e-mail or call Kathie Fulgham at 423-785-3007 in the Tennessee Aquarium public relations department.

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    Blue Catfish: As catfish go, she’s not merely magnificent, she’s monumental. This fat cat is actually a blue catfish, found in the Tennessee Aquarium's Nickajack Lake exhibit, and weighs more than 90 pounds.

    Barred sorubim: With its unusual markings, this barred sorubim is one of the most beautiful of the Tennessee Aquarium's catfish. The sorubim can be found in the Aquarium's Flooded Amazon exhibit.

    "Big Blue" gets "face to fin" to Aquarium diver Carol Farmer in the Nickajack Lake exhibit.(photo credit Todd Stailey)

    "Big Blue" is one of the most photographed fish at the Aquarium -- simply because of her size -- more than 90 pounds .(photo credit Todd Stailey)

    Mirror-mirror on the wall -- Who is the loveliest catfish of all? (photo credit Todd Stailey)
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