“This swim is the most epic marathon swim in the whole entire world right now,” said Chloë McCardel during a CNN interview on the Early Start with John Berman & Zoraida Sambolin program (see video below).
“It is undoubtedly the hardest swim that I could have imagined for myself. I have moved on from cold water [after 6 English Channel crossings including 2 two-way crossings] and going to take on this huge challenge…to fund cancer research that is really close to my heart.”
While CNN and the media remains fixated on the “shark-infested” waters, McCardel is rightly focused on invertebrate marine creatures much smaller and much more dangerous than the apex predators that the general public fears.
27-year-old McCardel gave hints to some exciting new techniques to avoid – or perhaps minimize – the effects of the stings from box jellyfish in the Florida Strait. Her team is or has developed and will implemented these techniques to avoid the fate that has doomed Diana Nyad – namely, the stings of the literally deadly box jellyfish. “We will implement [these techniques] during the swim. I will assure you that we will have some interesting facts to share within a month or two,” said the Australian marathon heroine in early January.
CNN and other media outlets always mention the Cuba swim is carried out in more than 100 miles of shark-infested waters from Havana to Cuba. But, after 6 crossings and nearly 100 hours on escort boats in the Florida Straits, we have only personally observed one shark encounter from a single curious shark that never got close to attacking the swimmer. But every night just after sunset a whole slew of box jellyfish were always observed at or near the surface of the water. Like spider webs of venom, there was no way to avoid these creatures. Like clockwork, the photo-phobic invertebrates rose to the surface of the ocean nightly to feed, hunt and inject their venomous barbs in the flesh of their prey.
As the sun set in the horizon, the box jellies were guaranteed to appear: devils from the deep.
But when McCardel – attired in no protective swimwear – and her team announces the new techniques to avoid or minimize these venomous creatures, these techniques will be a greatly welcomed addition to the world of open water swimming. Marathon swimmers, ocean goers, lifeguards, marine biologists, and surfers from the Caribbean Sea to Oceania will be saved from the pain and danger presented by these denizens of the darkness.
With this possibility of fighting jellyfish for open water swimmers, McCardel’s charity swim will be epic in more ways than one.
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