The Bay Of Pigs
At first when I read of swimming pigs, I was like ok- I can’t accept that. Sure I’d never seen it or heard of it, but I can accept that. Then when I found out that they swam on the shores of a private Bahamian island, I was like this sounds fake, but then I saw pictures and couldn’t believe my eyes. Pigs swimming?! What…
Meet the Pigs of the Bahamas. These cute, furry creatures populate an isolated, abandoned Exuma Bahama island and because there are no mud puddles to cool off, the pigs swim into the cool ocean water.
Local Bahamian lore says that the pigs were captured and kept aboard an old ship, but when a storm hit, the ship sank. A few pigs, however, managed stay buoyant and afloat and make it the shores of a small abandoned island.
After decades of making the island their home, locals found the pigs and were surprised to see them. At first, they were unsure of whether or not the pigs (actually boars) were aggressive, but as they approached the shores, the pigs swam towards the boat and greeted them.
Now, the island is a common tourist attraction and whenever a boat approaches the island, the pigs rush out into the water and towards the tourists in the hopes of a tasty snack.
Eric Cheng, a photographer who visited the island, said to a reporter, “Because locals bring food, the pigs will run into the water and actually swim out to the oncoming boats, as if to greet them individually. It is strange enough to see pigs lying around on tropical beaches of white sand, but to see them then charge into the water to greet oncoming boats is just bizarre.”
But as long as the tourists keep bringing the Caribbean pigs food, I don’t think they mind at all.
Pictures & Story Source: Earthporm