New species of stingray found in the Algarve

A NEW species of stringray, which has never been encountered before in Iberian waters, has been discovered in the Algarve.

The miniature stringray, christened Ana by staff at the Centro de Ciências do Mar do Algarve, lives in deep waters off the Algarve coast.

The discovery has set off a flurry of interest from world scientists, including German marine biologist Matthias Stehmann and French biologist Bernard Seret, who have arrived in the Algarve to study the fish.