Swimming with Swine on “Pig Island”

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The nation of the Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands. While the tropical climate and pristine beaches are invitation enough to make the Bahamas a prime tourist destination, one island has a particular draw: swimming pigs.

Big Major Cay is a small island that is uninhabited with the exception of a few dozen pigs. Though quite popular, no one quite seems to know how they got there in the first place. Local lore, however, suggests they may have been the sole survivors of a nearby shipwreck.

As visitors come and bring snacks for the animals, the pigs have come to view visiting tourists as a dependable food source. As a result, the pigs will actually swim out to oncoming boats to greet them as they approach in hopes of a handout.