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Last Updated: Monday November 09 2009 13:53 GMT

'Giant' stingray on camera for first time

A camera crew has recorded the first ever pictures of a giant stingray species.

The smalleye stingray was seen swimming off the coast of Mozambique in Africa.

Smalleye stingrays can grow to more than 2m wide, making them the biggest of all 70 species of stingray.

They were first discovered in 1908, and have only ever been seen alive off the coast of Tofo in southern Mozambique.

More shots of the fish will be broadcast on BBC Two at 8pm on Wednesday 11 November, as part of the programme Andrea: Queen of the Mantas for the BBC series Natural World.