Swimming Pigs in the Bahamas

This video was captured by snorkelers who were swimming off the island.

By Mike Corey from KickTheGrind
We’ve heard of swimming with dolphins, sharks, and even crocodile diving, but did you know that you can swim with pigs in the Bahamas? Exuma Key on Paradise Island boasts what may be the world’s weirdest water going wildlife: swimming hogs.

The family of pigs, dubbed ‘adorable’ by tourists, locals and media alike, have become incredibly popular. They live freely on the sandy beaches, and after basking in the sun for hours, they swim in the surf. The pigs, though feral, are exceptionally friendly, running from under the shade of the almond trees to greet visitors that bring them treats. They are also fed by the crews of passing yachts and vessels. The swimming pigs are truly a sight to behold and have become so popular that they have inspired a children’s book, “The Secret of Pig’s Island,” by Jennifer R. Nolan, and a song by children’s author Sandra Boynton.

It is unknown how the pigs originally came to live on Big Major Cay, as they aren’t native and the island itself is  uinhabitated.

Popular lore suggests that the pigs were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them, or that there was a nearby shipwreck and the pigs swam to safety. However it was that they came to be, there are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets surviving easily on Big Major Cay, partly because the island is blessed with three freshwater springs, and partly due to the generosity of visiting Bahamians and tourists.

Content courtesy of http://www.bahamas.com/swimmingpigs

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