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Where are the Cays?
The Exuma Cays are an archipelago of 365 islands in the Bahamas.
The cays are located approximately 175 miles southeast of Nassau and about 30 miles from Eleuthera. There are several inhabited cays, the largest of which is Great Exuma.
The cays were formed by coral reefs that grew on top of submerged limestone hills. The highest point in the Exumas is only 40 feet above sea level.
The climate is tropical and the temperature averages about 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Bahamas is home to many beautiful white sandy beaches and clear blue waters… it’s so beautiful and close to Florida I had my wedding aboard a cruise to the Bahamas!
One of the most popular tourist attractions is the swimming pigs at Big Majors Spot.
These pigs have become famous for their ability to swim and perhaps enjoy the sun and the water.
How did this begin?
The swimming pigs were first brought to the island by sailors who left them there to fend for themselves. The pigs learned to swim to the boats for food, and eventually started swimming over to the tourists for food.
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In 2011, a new tourist attraction popped up on Big Majors Spot, an uninhabited island in the Bahamas.
Swimming pigs had taken up residence on the island, and people quickly started to flock there to see them. The swimming pigs have since become a major tourist attraction, with people coming from all over the world to see them.
The island’s newfound fame has not come without its share of controversy, as some residents feel that the pigs are being exploited and should be left alone. Some people seem to be in favor of the pigs’ newfound fame, as it is providing income for the locals.
The pigs are so popular that the government of the Bahamas has created a Swimming Pigs Reserve to protect them.
What do you think?
What are your thoughts on these swimming pigs of the Bahamas? Do you feel they are being exploited? Did you have an experience with them to share? Please comment below.