Forget swimming with dolphins, swimming with pigs is now the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
When most people think of paradise, they picture a deserted beach with white sand and sparkling waters. They’ll be sipping a refreshing cocktail and maybe even taking a dip with the local dolphins before watching the sun set. In the real life paradise of the Bahamas however, pigs, that’s right, PIGS, are the new dolphins.
The island of Big Major Cay is home to around 20 pigs and piglets, thought to have been introduced by passing sailors that never made it to the island. The pigs survive as freshwater springs provide them with drinking water and excess food waste is dumped into the sea by passing yachts. Being strong swimmers, their little legs propel them to the group of yachts within minutes, ready for a filling lunch. This, along with the fact that the bay is sheltered from tropical storms by surrounding islands, makes for a plush home for these lucky porkers.
Photographer and ocean guide, Jim Abernethy, stumbled upon the animals around 2009 and hasn’t stopped snapping them since. He describes how they live in harmony with people on the island and are friendly and warm to everyone who visits.
These unique locals are good news for the islands’ tourism board as pig lovers are flocking to the island to catch a glimpse of the pink paddlers. The Director General of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Joy Jibrilu, is very excited about what these pigs mean to the Bahamas and its future he refers to them as now part of the ‘Bahamian experience’. Forget swimming with dolphins, swimming with pigs is now the once-in-a-lifetime experience.