I am currently studying various flood myths from all around the world. I interprete this whole story as a maritime voyage & colonization story:
The ark is simply a ship (bigger than a cockleshell; with roof/deck). The flood is the sea. Land drowns below the horizon (even mountains) when leaving the coast. Where was once land (around you) is now water. The old world is destroyed by leaving it, the new world is populated by the maritime explorers. The "old world" an increasingly unpleasant place due to overpopulation etc. is a very good reason to leave it. When you want to colonize, you take things with you that allow you to build a settlement. This also includes (small) livestock.
But my question is:
Are there any known interpretations of the flood myth to not be a literal flood but a maritime voyage / colonization?
I searched for it, but everyone seems to take the word "flood" literal.
Does this interpretation maybe have a name I can use to search for it?