Did you know that pigs can swim? You don’t? Then read on to know more about this weird phenomenon.
Pigs haven’t really evolved into having an aquatic lifestyle but the wild pigs from uninhabited island of Big Major Cay features pigs that swim. According to reports, there are at least 20 feral pigs living in the island together with some stray cats and goats.
The island is named Pig Island (yes, pigs have their own island!) and it is one of the most unique and famous tourist destination in the Bahamas. Visitors will be surprise when they approach the island. The tribes of enormous and fat pigs would swim towards their boats or yachts as if to greet the newcomers. These feral but cute pigs are totally safe because they are quite friendly and approachable. They live in the island freely, visitors can see them sun bathing under the sun for hours and then they swim in the warm waters.
Who put the pigs in the island is a mystery. Legends about how the adorable swimming pork bellies reach the island are plenty. One legend states that sailors dropped off the pigs in the uninhabited island planning to return and cook the pigs. Unfortunately, the sailors weren’t able to return. Another theory says that the ship carrying the pigs was shipwrecked and the pigs were wash ashore to the island. Whatever the stories of how these adorable creatures reach the island, the pigs made the island their own sanctuary.
The pigs became famous for their friendly demeanor. They approach each visitors to get some treats. If you plan to visit the Pig Island, you can stay at the luxurious Fowl Cay Resort or at the Grand Isle Resort in Exuma. These beautiful resorts are only an hour or two away from the Pig Island and they offer packages that includes excursions to swim with the pigs.
The pigs have become accustomed to their beach lifestyle. Scroll down to see more pictures of these swimming pork bellies.
Here’s a couple of videos to truly appreciate these cute piggies!