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An Angel underwater

An Angel underwater

To shoot her latest photo series, Amber Arbucci stripped naked and leapt into an algae-rich lake filled with millions of golden jellyfish. The part-time Miami resident swam alone for seven hours with a waterproof camera and zero protection. The resulting self-portraits show Arbucci floating in the emerald-colored deep, cupping her hands around the animals.

Not visible in these photographs: the many jellyfish stings on her skin, swollen-shut eyes and a sensation Arbucci describes as "full-body numbness."

"I was supposed to be in the water for 15 minutes, but I don't ever listen to rules," Arbucci says with a laugh, recalling her skinny dip...