The island of Big Major Cay is located in Exuma in The Bahamas and is often described as uninhabited. However, it does have an unusual group of residents – a small population of feral swimming pigs who have been living on the island for a number of years, leading to the island to be renamed by locals as Pig Beach or Pig Island.
How Did Swimming Pigs Get To The Bahamas
About 20 pigs live on Big Major Cay and can often be seen in the pristine, ocean waters around the island. There are several stories surrounding the arrival of the swimming pigs, mainly brown and pink varieties. As one version goes, the swimming pigs were dropped off on the shore by a group of sailors who did not live up to their plan to return and cook them. Another version casts the swimming pigs as survivors of an unfortunate shipwreck who somehow survived and eventually made their way to shore. Yet another story claims that the swimming pigs were part of a business scheme to attract tourists, and there is even one story about the pigs somehow escaping to Pig Island from a nearby islet.
However they got there, the pigs never left, and likely survived over the years from excess food dumped from passing ships. Locals and tourists who visit the island also feed the pigs who are quite domesticated and swim up happily to meet visitors when boats approach.
With an island all to themselves, the pigs who appear to be on permanent vacation, roam freely on the sandy beaches and are often seen enjoying a swim in the surrounding waters. It is a bizarre sight to many who see them, but whether their presence was an accident or deliberate, the swimming pigs are certainly the main attraction of Big Major Cay in The Bahamas.
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