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Unable to overcome man 'o war stings, Nyad quits Cuba to Florida swim

If the sharks don't get you, the jellyfish will.

As AP reported:

MIAMI - Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad spent more than 40 hours in the shark-filled waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys, climbing into a boat only to be treated for searing welts left by Portuguese man o' war stings. Left swollen and red, Nyad had no choice but to end her trek early when medics warned another sting could be deadly.

The 62-year-old soldiered on for a time, cutting eye and mouth holes into a cap she wore over her face to protect against future stings. She surpassed 100,000 strokes, but the stings — which team members said left what looked like branding marks from the jellyfish-like creatures' tentacles — were too much of a risk.

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Alan Diaz / AP

Marathon swimmer Diana Nyad describes how she soldiered on for a time, cutting eye and mouth holes into a cap she wore over her face to protect against future stings at Key West, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 25. Nyad spent more than 40 hours in the shark-filled waters between Cuba and the Florida Keys, climbing into a boat only to be treated for searing welts left by Portuguese man o' war stings. Left swollen and red, Nyad had no choice but to end her trek early when medics warned another sting could be deadly.



Michael Marrero /Florida Keys News Bureau via AP

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad shows Portuguese Man o' War jellyfish stings after she arrived in Key West, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 25 following a third unsuccessful attempt to swim from Havana to the Florida Keys.