It was her second attempt, starting from Ka’ena Point on Oahu with plans to finish on Kauai’s Nawiliwili harbor.
Both times, her crew protected her with a Shark Shield, but sharks were not her biggest obstacle to success.
Instead, she was stopped by marine life much smaller that she could not see or avoid, both the first and second attempts.
As the sun was setting, box jellyfish rose to the surface from the Pacific Ocean depths and stung her mercilessly. The venomous stings immediately put a halt to her swim and later caused convulsions, pain and deep red welts all over her body.
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