KEY WEST, Fla. (June 13, 2013)—Chloe McCardel, the Australian endurance athlete who had to give up her quest to swim without a shark cage from Cuba to Florida because of jellyfish stings, said she will not make another attempt at the crossing.
Chloe McCardel told The Associated Press Thursday she was surprised by the jellyfish.
She decided to attempt the swim in June because the danger was supposed to be lower, but she found herself in a swarm of jellyfish late Wednesday and was severely stung, suffering painful wounds inside her mouth.
The pain was so great that she had to give up her swim after 12 hours, about a fifth of the way through her 110-mile swim.
She was taken by boat to Key West, Fla., where she was recovering Thursday.