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Fish discovery is a real stunner

Electric marble ray
The creature was injured when it was caught in trawler nets

A rare fish with the capacity to pack a punch is convalescing in Sussex after an ordeal at sea.

Fisherman trawled up an electric marble ray in the English Channel and took it to the Sea Life Centre in Brighton.

It can deliver a 220-volt electric shock - enough to kill a child - and is regarded as highly dangerous.

Brian Davey, who caught it, said he was wearing rubber gloves and the fish was exhausted after two hours in the nets, so he was not harmed.

"It was an interesting thing to find," he said. "And I am glad others have a chance to study it at the centre."

Alex Gerrard from the Sea Life Centre said the fish was normally a deepwater creature and it was interesting to observe it at close quarters.

He said it would be left to recuperate after sustaining slight damage when it was caught and then arrangements may be made to return it to deep water or it may remain at the centre for the rest of its life - up to 10 years.

Meanwhile, he said, it would be examined in detail by marine life experts.

Staff at the centre have named the fish Carmen - after the topless model Carmen Electra.


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