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Meet Tropicat Amelia, the Cat Sailing the South Pacific

Captain Liz Clark, an environmental activist, met Amelia while docked and made her a ship's cat.

Anastasia Thrift  |  Nov 3rd 2016


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Amelia is a cat who sails the South Pacific with her person, Captain Liz Clark. Both are brave, fierce, and completely compelling to follow on Instagram. While Liz explores
the ocean advocating for environmental causes and searching for secret surf breaks, Amelia cruises comfortably between stern and bow on the 40-foot vessel they share, occasionally fishing, sometimes bird-watching, and often napping.

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Sure, Amelia (aka Tropicat) has hit some low points — falling into the water was common in the early days — but she rebounds quickly and maintains her dignity. And, it looks like, she has a lot of fun. The pictures on the duo’s Instagram account show a cat who clearly enjoys life at sea.

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What’s fascinating about Amelia is that she has chosen life aboard Liz’s ship. Liz befriended her on land when the cat was a little less than a year old. After they camped together for a few days, Liz invited her back to her sailboat, which Amelia explored and deemed a worthy spot. Soon they sailed together day and night, happily sharing the boat.

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During a routine campout on land about two years later, Amelia wandered away; after searching for her for several days, Liz had to return to sea. Repeated searches on land turned up nothing, and Liz began to believe she’d never see Amelia again. Then, just like that, Amelia reappeared about two months later. She walked up to Liz near their camp on land and followed her back to the boat.

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It has been more than a year since they reunited, and it looks like Amelia has her sea legs back, and Liz has her fellow voyager aboard.

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About the author: Anastasia Thrift’s “job” is to find interesting cats online and share stories and photos of them for CatChannel.com. She’s written about pets and their people for 10 years, working her way up the food chain to cats. Neighborhood cat, Killer, ate on her front porch for a year before reluctantly letting her bring him indoors. Follow Anastasia on Twitter at @ThriftT.