Seagulls circle above cat swimming in sea half mile off Turkish coast

Turkish cat rescued at sea

Turkish cat rescued at sea

How this cat ended up in the sea hundreds of yards off the coast in an area called the Golden Horn, Turkey is anyone’s guess. The Golden Horn is an inlet near Istanbul. The cat was swimming strongly towards the shore but seagulls were circling above. A marine cleaning crew first tried to rescue the cat with a net but the cat refused to cooperate. The cat turned towards the boat clearly understanding that it offered a way out. The crew then used a device on the ship which is designed to remove waste from the sea. You’ll see the cat scamper up a conveyor belt.

My wild guess is that the cat was thrown from a boat into the sea and the cat was swimming to shore at the time although you can see from the video that the shore was over half a mile away. Cats are excellent swimmers. And they are great survivors. This cat would have made it to the shore but it is nice to see him/her rescued. Although personally I would not have found it amusing that the cat objected to being scooped up into the net.

The cat would be a standard random bred cat. It looks like he is a what I call a ‘Van cat’ – a random bred cat with Turkish Van markings.

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Seagulls circle above cat swimming in sea half mile off Turkish coast — 4 Comments

  1. Aww, it’s as if the scooper was designed to save cats gone overboard, I have to think. Love rescues, but nothing was said or shown as to what happened next; if the cat found a home or was reunited with it’s owner who may have lost it. I’m still in the middle of a nightmarish saga having rescued a cat off the street, did my best to save her and find her owner, but had to put her to sleep this morning. It’s an awful tale of incompetence and callous indifference on everyone’s part. Heart-wrenching story I’ll submit later.

    • Oh dear Albert, your story sounds really tough emotionally. If you want to share it in an article please do so by writing further on it in a comment.

      You are right about this Turkish cat. What happens next would be interesting. I would hope that was simply taken to the shore and released. Better would be if the cat was placed in a shelter and them rehomed.

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