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Swimming Pigs Rule Small Bahamas Island

Swimming Pigs Rule Small Bahamas Island

Pigs haven’t exactly evolved for an aquatic lifestyle, but apparently that doesn’t stop the pigs from Big Major Cay, aka Pig Beach or Pig Island, part of the Exuma Cays archipelago in the Bahamas. The island is uninhabited when it comes to humans, but wild pigs have taken over, and over time they became good swimmers.


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According to Wikipedia, there are about 20 swimming pigs on the island, which they share with a few stray cats and goats (though there’s no word on how good the cats and goats are at swimming…).

credit: Flickr


There are many legends and theories surrounding the swimming pigs: “[They're said] to have been dropped off on Big Major Cay by a group of sailors…The sailors, though, never returned; the pigs survived on excess food dumped from passing ships. One other legend has it that the pigs were survivors of a shipwreck and managed to swim to shore, while another claims that the pigs had escaped from a nearby islet.”

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Eric Cheng, a photographer who went to the island, had this to say: “Because locals bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats, as if to greet them individually. It is strange enough to see pigs laying around on tropical beaches of white sand, but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre.”

credit: Pig Island book website

There was actually a children’s book written based on this. It’s called The Secret of Pig Island and was written by Jennifer R. Nolan and contains photos by Jim Abernethy.

credit: Flickr

Here’s one last fine specimen of a swimming pig…

 

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2:43AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

Love them :)

2:15PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

The swimming pigs are amazing! Thanks Kara for sharing some old folk stories to go along with the beautiful pictures too! Great job!

6:34AM PDT on Aug 5, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:55AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Oh that is priceless...thank you Kara.

3:00AM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

better in the water, than on the plate (go vegan)

9:31AM PDT on Jul 23, 2013

Wonderful - not every day you get to read some nice news. VERY nice for a change - thank you!

10:12AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

Thank you Kara, for Sharing this!

4:17AM PDT on Jul 20, 2013

They look very happy

11:36AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

They're sooooo cute. What an interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

6:42AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

I have a friend who actually had an encounter with these swimming pigs.

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