Most visitors come to the Caribbean expecting to snorkel or dive with tropical fish, sharks, rays and sea turtles. But on the uninhabited Big Major Cay, part of the Bahamas archipelago, swimming with pigs is the next big thing.
About twenty pigs and piglets survive on this small island, living on the beach and taking time out of their lazy days basking in the shallow turquoise waters to pose for photos. Although the family are technically feral, they are extraordinarily friendly, swimming out to the little boats to greet eager tourists.
As you can imagine, the experience is particularly popular with kids. So much so it was the inspiration behind the Jennifer R. Nolan’s children’s book ‘The Secret of Pig Island’.
The pigs aren’t native to the island and no one really knows how they arrived. Popular theories suggest the pigs were left on the island by hungry sailors who planned to return for piggy feast or they swam to shore from a nearby shipwreck. Who knows. But they are here to stay.