All Aboard! Woman Quits Job, Sails Around World with Rescued Cat
This woman is doing the ultimate YOLO adventure along with her newfound seafairing feline.
Riding on a 40 ft. boat, Liz Clark has been sailing since 2005 when she decided to quit her job as a bartender.
According to Boredpanda, she was given a Cal 40 sailboat on the condition that she would document her adventures around the world. It was quite a favorable deal as she had always dreamt of sailing around the world since she was a kid.
While traveling from coast to coast, Captain Lizzy came across a feline in 2013. First mate Amelia, as she is called, was just six months old when Clark stumbled upon her.
On her blog, Clark recalls how she lost her furry friend once in an island stop over and how she found her 42 days later.
"When I saw her for the first time again, she came running over and rubbed up on my legs and told me all kinds of meowing stories! I still couldn't believe I was really seeing her again. The emptiness that I'd felt since she went missing was instantly gone. I still wasn't sure what to do about bringing her back to the boat, though. I thought maybe she would be better off at the pension where she could happily help catch rats and lead a more normal cat life. But when I went to leave, she followed me all the way out the little dock. I got in the boat then looked at her and asked her if she was sure she wanted to come home. She looked at me for a moment, then casually stepped into the boat..."
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Clark said that Amelia has learned to adjust with the environment she is constantly in.
"She has adapted to living surrounded by water. She's learned to trust that she will be safe with me."
Apparently it's National Cat Day, so here's a huge salute to my #felineFirstMate, elegant muse, and best furry friend #AmeliatheTropicat. the adventures are so much more fun together!!! and while we're on the subject--a huge high five to @uber for partnering with @humanesociety in such a unique and wonderful way to encourage kitten adoptions on car rides!!! We are not above animals, we must #learncompassion and end animal suffering!! ?? Favorite singlefin by @aquaticoddities and earth-friendly bathing and everything soap by @drbronners!! A photo posted by Captain Lizzy (@captainlizclark) on Oct 29, 2015 at 2:55pm PDT
Clark describes Amelia as a cat who loves adventures - hiking, fishing and even riding in canoes.
Tropicat boldly going where no cat has gone before!!! #felinefirstascent @patagonia_surf @mizulife @loveavasol @zealoptics @b4bc A photo posted by Captain Lizzy (@captainlizclark) on Sep 4, 2015 at 3:55pm PDT
Long way to the top but #AmeliatheTropicat found the perfect spot to rest... #climbmountains A photo posted by Captain Lizzy (@captainlizclark) on Aug 26, 2015 at 12:00pm PDT
#AmeliatheTropicat reminding us to REACH for our desires!!!! #fishing A photo posted by Captain Lizzy (@captainlizclark) on Jun 10, 2015 at 5:25pm PDT
Amelia gloating over her first official fishing success...?? i have tried to make her a few different kinds of floating platforms to fish from, but she never liked them. recently a friend gave us a soft-top surfboard and it turns out that #Tropicat finds it up to her standards. woke up to 2 of these on the floor of the cabin...she ate one, then carried this one around all morning...?? #thanksGael!! @patagonia_surf @mizulife @loveavasol @zealoptics @ecoflex_ A photo posted by Captain Lizzy (@captainlizclark) on Dec 2, 2015 at 11:26am PST
@Regrann from @adventurecatsorg - The life of a tropicat is a meownificent life. #AdventureCats #AmeliatheTropicat #catsofinstagram #cat #ocean #catoftheday #adventurecat #catstagram #paddle #kayak #catsrule #caturday365 ?? by @captainlizclark. #Regrann A photo posted by lblas (@by_lblas) on Oct 22, 2015 at 4:35am PDT
There's a common misconception that cats are afraid of water, but Animal Planet explains that not all cats possess this behavior.
"Some big cats in the wild, especially those in hot, arid areas, regularly swim and bathe to stay cool or catch dinner. The Asian fishing cat is a skilled swimmer, with partially webbed paws, that dives to nab its prey," the website reads.