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Australian Trying To Swim From Cuba To Florida Was Surprised By Jellyfish
The Australian had to give up her quest to cross the Straits of Florida because of jellyfish stings and said her run-in with the creatures was unexpected.
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel starts her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. McCardel jumped into the water at Havana's Hemingway Marina on Wednesday morning, accompanied by kayakers and a support boat. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel waves to spectators as she begins her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. American Diana Nyad and Australian Penny Palfrey have attempted the crossing four times between them since 2011, but each time threw in the towel part way through due to injury, jellyfish stings or strong currents. Australian Susie Maroney did it in 1997, but with a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel adjusts her earplugs as a man applies a protective ointment on her skin as she prepares to jump into the water and start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Australian endurance athlete is hoping to become the first person to swim from Havana to Florida without a protective shark cage. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel waves to waiting journalist as she arrives at Hemingway Marina to begin her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. American Diana Nyad and Australian Penny Palfrey have attempted the crossing four times between them since 2011, but each time threw in the towel part way through due to injury, jellyfish stings or strong currents. Australian Susie Maroney did it in 1997, but with a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel puts on her goggles as she prepares to jump into the water and start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Australian endurance athlete is hoping to become the first person to swim from Havana to Florida without a protective shark cage. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel poses in a swimming position in front of a painting of Ernest Hemingway inside a hotel at the Marina Hemingway after an interview in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 10, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel prepares to begin her swim to Florida from the waters off Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. McCardel jumped into the water at Havana's Hemingway Marina on Wednesday morning, accompanied by kayakers and a support boat. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel prepares to jump into the water as members of the media surround her at Hemingway Marina to start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. American Diana Nyad and Australian Penny Palfrey have attempted the crossing four times between them since 2011, but each time threw in the towel part way through due to injury, jellyfish stings or strong currents. Australian Susie Maroney did it in 1997, but with a shark cage. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel flashes a thumbs up at people gathered to watch her begin her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Australian endurance athlete is hoping to become the first person to swim from Havana to Florida without a protective shark cage. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel starts her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel says she expects to spend about 60 hours in the sea before reaching the Florida Keys, a little more than 100 miles to the northeast. McCardel jumped into the water at Havana's Hemingway Marina on Wednesday morning, accompanied by kayakers and a support boat. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel jumps into the water at Hemingway Marina to start her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Wednesday, June 12, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. American Diana Nyad and Australian Penny Palfrey have attempted the crossing four times between them since 2011, but each time threw in the towel part way through due to injury, jellyfish stings or strong currents. Australian Susie Maroney did it in 1997, but with a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian swimmer Chloe McCardel reaches for food passed to her by a member of her team as she trains in Havana, Cuba, Monday, June 10, 2013. McCardel, 29, is bidding to become the first person to make the Straits of Florida crossing without the protection of a shark cage. American Diana Nyad and Australian Penny Palfrey have attempted the crossing four times between them since 2011, but each time threw in the towel part way through due to injury, jellyfish stings or strong currents. Australian Susie Maroney did it in 1997, but with a shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Australian Trying To Swim From Cuba To Florida Was Surprised By Jellyfish

The Australian had to give up her quest to cross the Straits of Florida because of jellyfish stings and said her run-in with the creatures was unexpected.

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