- Located on an uninhabited island in the Exumas, Bahamas
- Different theories and legends about how the pigs got there
- Several pigs were found dead in early 2017
- Autopsies found sand in the pigs’ digestive systems
- Ingestion of sand likely due to tourists tossing food onto the beach
- New laws coming into effect to protect the pig population
THE SWIMMING PIGS in the Bahamas can be found at Exuma’s Pig Beach. It’s an uninhabited island, and no one knows for certain how the pigs got there. One theory is that a group of sailors left them there with plans to return to cook them. Another is that they swam to the island from a shipwreck. According to The Today Show though, the pigs were brought over by a couple of farmers who were planning their survival during the Y2K scare (for those that don’t remember, it was thought that the changeover from 1999 to 2000 was going to cause a major system crash and the world would be plunged into the Dark Ages). In any case, they’ve become a big tourist attraction of the Bahamas. There are many boat tours — which often include other activities like swimming with sting rays and snorkeling — that take visitors to see the pigs.