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Daily Photo: Swimming Pigs in the Bahamas

  • Swimming pigs of Exuma - Group shot of some excited girls and one lucky pig as we stopped to feed the swimming pigs near Staniel Cay in Exuma, The Bahamas (Photo by Travis Snelling)
  • Swimming pig in Exuma, The Bahamas - The famous swimming pigs located near Staniel Cay in Exuma, The Bahamas (Photo by Travis Snelling)
by Travis Snelling
From Photography
The Bahamas
April 24, 2010

On a recent trip to the Exumas in the Bahamas we went for a swim off the shore of a private island near Staniel Cay.  David Hocher, our guide & owner of Staniel Cay Yacht Club, tossed some bread towards the beach and to our surprise a huge pig came trotting out of the bush and joined us for a swim.  Talk about a memorable experience.

Apparently several pigs usually come out to visit when a boat comes by but we only saw the one, who the girls quickly named Wilbur.

Luckily Wilbur was very cooperative when it came to getting photos since he'd basically stop moving entirely if food wasn't present. 

Exuma (or the Exuma Cays - pronounced "keys" - or just the Exumas) is a chain of about 360 small islands in the Bahamas and has some of the most beautiful beaches & shorelines in the world.  Movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond Thunderball leveraged the beautiful backdrop of the Exumas and celebrities like Johnny Depp, Nicholas Cage, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, David Copperfield and Eddie Murphy all own their own cays in the Exumas.

We didn't get a chance to go by Johnny Depp's island but we did fly over Faith Hill & Tim McGraw's - which has a huge palace on it - and David Copperfield's.

I'm convinced that the Exumas are the wildlife capital of the Bahamas.  Apart from swimming pigs, we encountered wild iguanas that ruled a deserted beach, swam with and fed nurse sharks at Compass Cay and did the same with stingrays at the Chat-N-Chill on Stocking Island.

 

To see more photos of wildlife in Exuma, check out the Exuma Wildlife Photo Gallery.

If you want to plan a trip to the Exumas in the Bahamas, these links will help you get started:

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Travis Snelling

Travis Snelling is the cofounder of TripAtlas.com and is based in Toronto, Canada. When not stuck in the office wearing shoes he's out on adventures with his camera looking for new drinks, dishes and experiences.



Located: Toronto Canada
Likes: photography, history, culture, cuisine, adventure
Website: http://tripatlas.com

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