The Bahamas is known for a lot of things such as crystal blue water, tropical fish, sandy beaches and cocktails under the blazing sun. But what you may not be aware of is that it is also the Official Home of the Swimming Pigs.
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The uninhabited island of Big Major Bay represents a true paradise for these special creatures that are waiting to spend their time with the visitors of the island, and hopefully get a treat or two.
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Pig Beach, unofficially called by the locals, is populated by many swimming pigs, which are extremely friendly, although they are feral, meaning they have descended from domesticated individuals, but are living in the wild.
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The origin of the pigs is unknown, but popular theories suggest that they were dropped off by a group of sailors who wanted to come back and cook them. Luckily for the pigs, they never returned, leaving them to survive on excess food dumped from ships passing by.
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One other theory suggests that they swam to safety after surviving a shipwreck, while other claims that the pigs were put there to help grow tourism. Whatever the truth may be, these pigs have sure adapted to new aquatic lifestyle that is making them cuter than ever.
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There are now approximately 20 pigs and piglets. The island is rich with freshwater springs, which allow them to survive easily, and in addition to this, they are often fed by the generous Bahamians and tourists.
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The pigs’ growing attention is making them incredibly popular, since the island became an attraction for people around the world who are coming to join these adorable snouts in various aquatic activities, as well as for cuddle sessions.
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Visitors come to see the show of the pigs doing the piggy-paddle, making a splash in the ocean, and enjoying every second of the attention. The pigs lounge freely on this island, enjoying the sandy beaches all to themselves, and finding shade under the almond trees. However, beside their friends – the tourists, they also share the island with a few stray cats and goats.
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They are also frequently visited by other wildlife, mainly birds, who spend some time around them and provide great photo opportunity for us.
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If you are lucky enough, you will get a chance to visit this magical pig island, where the pigs swim right up to your boat to greet you. But for now, enjoy these photos and dream of going there.
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