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Tourists invited to swim with pigs in the Bahamas

Holidaymakers can now swim with pigs in the Caribbean as the Bahamas becomes the "Official Home to the Swimming Pigs". The uninhabited Island of Big Major Cay is home to this family of pigs and visitors can swim alongside them and an array of marine creatures such as sea turtles, eels and hundreds of tropical fish.

Tourists invited to swim with pigs in the Bahamas

The Bahamas is offering a unique experience to holidaymakers that involves swimming with a certain animal that can usually be found on a farm on dry land.

The nation has become the "Official Home of the Swimming Pigs" and tourists visiting the uninhabited Island of Big Major Cay in the Bahamas can swim with the creatures in the turquoise ocean waters.

The family of pigs live on the Big Major Cay island in The Exumas and they have become a popular attraction for holidaymakers and local residents. The pigs are feral but very friendly, particularly when visitors greet them with treats. Crew members from passing boats and yachts have even started dumping excess food in the sea for the pigs to eat.

The creatures live freely on the island and spend their days basking in the sun and swimming in the sea. The popularity of the pigs inspired the children's book, "The Secret of Pig's Island," by author Jennifer R. Nolan as well as a new children's song by children's author Sandra Boynton.The uninhabited island has also received a new name as it's affectionately called, 'Pig Beach.'

Joy Jibrilu, the Director General of The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism, explained:

"As a world-renowned region known for providing visitors with the most beautiful beaches, lavish hotels and resorts, fine-dining, welcoming Bahamians and being a dream destination, The Islands of the Bahamas are very proud to be the Official Home of the Swimming Pigs.

"Providing visitors with this once-in-a-lifetime experience by interacting with these wonderful animals is just one more thing that distinguishes The Bahamas. We've already introduced thousands of visitors to 'Pig Beach' and we look forward to welcoming thousands more in the years to come. These animals are now as intrinsic to the Bahamian experience as any other gem visitors will discover when visiting."

It is still unknown how the pigs ended up on the uninhabited island in the Bahamas. Some say that they were dropped off by sailors who were planning to come back and cook them, while others say that there was a shipwreck nearby and the pigs swam to the island for safety.

There are now 20 pigs or piglets living on the island that happily thrive thanks to the three freshwater springs and the treats and generosity of locals and visitors.

Tourists can visit the pigs through organised tours and boat trips from mainland Exuma and hotels and resorts.

The Bahamas is an island nation archipelago situated in the Atlantic Ocean, north of Cuba. The country boasts a collection of idyllic islands, such as Bimini, Berry Islands, New Providence, Crooked Island Mayaguana, Acklins, The Berry Islands, Nassau, The Exumas, Grand Bahama Island, and Harbour Island.

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