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April 26, 2016

Who said cats are afraid of water? Amelia the cat has put that stereotype to rest after her owner Captain Liz Clark set sail around the world with the feline. The self-proclaimed “she-pirate” and “tropicat” live on 40-foot-long boat called Swell and started the journey back in 2006 from California. They have since logged more than 18,000 nautical miles and have journeyed along the western coast of Mexico and Central America, as well as to the South Pacific.

Along the way Liz has shared pictures from her travels with Amelia and posts frequent snaps of her furry friend in some unexpected scenarios. From lounging in hammocks on the beach to hopping on a kayak in the ocean, this cat is certainly living one heck of a life (and she’s got eight more to go). The environmentalist captain also uses her little sidekick to help pick up garbage on the beach.

But, it hasn’t always been easy having a cat on a sailboat. Amelia went missing for 42 days and Liz spoke with a pet psychic to see if her four-legged pal would return. After waiting in agony, the two were finally reunited. “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,” Liz wrote on her blog. “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.”

Liz has since changed her routine a bit allowing for more time on land to allow Amelia to regain her sea legs…and paws.

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