time you visit the Tennessee Aquarium be sure to cast a glance
at some of the larger and more unusual specimens on exhibit.
of the World
spectacular creature is well known for its caviar, the finest
in the world. Estimated at 100 lbs. and 21 years, this is an
impressive fish. You may be surprised to discover that the record-holding
catch of this species is a stunning 1 1/2 tons and 28 feet in
length. They can live more than 100 years and continue to grow
their entire lives.
largemouth beauty "Miss Patty" on display in the Tennessee River
exhibit is the largest fish ever caught in BASSMASTER tournament
history, weighing in at 13 lbs., 9 oz. A good look at the others
in this exhibit will give some perspective on her record-breaking
spectacular specimens are representative of the lake sturgeon
that inhabited the Tennessee River hundreds of years ago. The
few that may remain in the watershed are rarely seen.
largest among the big blue catfish at home in the Nickajack
Lake exhibit is a whopping 80 pounds.
amazing creatures have grown from 12 inches to six feet in the
five years that they've been at the Tennessee Aquarium. Growing
at a rate of about a foot a year, these fish are well on their
way to reaching their maximum length of 15 ft. Arapaima are
threatened with extinction in their native environment.