Friendly Swimming Pigs in Bahamas, No Kidding (+ Photos, Videos)

August 16, 2015 Updated: October 5, 2018    

The Bahamas, the Commonwealth nation of hundreds of islands roughly the size of Connecticut and with population of just a bit over Anaheim, is known for its crystal waters and pristine beaches—and its swimming pigs.

It is unclear when the pigs first appeared on Exuma Island or where they come from. There’s talk about a (daring) escape from a shipwreck, or sailors releasing the swine on purpose. In all probability, there were no pigs on this tropical paradise before European settlers came, so their mere presence is the work of human. The intriguing feat of nature, however, is that this population of pigs developed a fine aptitude for swimming.

Water's good today. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)
Water’s good today. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)

“It’s unreal,” commented Capt. Jerry Lewless of Capt. Jerry Tours in a short documentary called “When Pigs Swim.”

Some two dozen pigs and piglets cruise the pristine waters of Exuma, surviving on what the locals and stream of tourists give them. Yes, unlike squirrels in the Central Park, these animals you’re allowed to feed. And boy, do people take advantage?

“The rest of the tour is really the beauty of Exuma, but the swimming pigs are the drawing card,” said Capt. Raymond Lightbourn of Exuma Water Sports in the documentary.

That’s right. This is possibly one of the world’s most beautiful havens of nature, yet people are coming here to see pigs.

And who can blame them? 

Just doing some cardio. (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)
Just doing some cardio. (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)

 

Hey, gull, I'm not a ferry. Ok, maybe I am. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)
Hey, gull, I’m not a ferry. Ok, maybe I am. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)

 

So you're on a boat in Bahamas and then this pig swims by begging for food. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)
So you’re on a boat in Bahamas and then this pig swims by begging for food. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)

 

What are you looking at? Never seen a seagull? (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)
What are you looking at? Never seen a seagull? (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)

 

Chillin'. (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)
Chillin’. (Christopher Dorobek/Trent/CC BY 2.0)

 

A pig? Lady, as long as you feed me, you can call me whatever. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)
A pig? Lady, as long as you feed me, you can call me whatever. (Lisa Larsen/Public Domain/CC0 1.0)