Welcome to Pig Island
Nestled between Fowl Cay and Staniel Cay in the Exuma Islands, Bahamas, lies the spot we've affectionately named "Pig Island". Years ago (I never found out exactly when) someone released pigs on the island which measures only about 1.5 km in size. The pigs have multiplied and survived over the years and are now quite the local attraction.
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Anyway, back to the vacation swine. All you need to do is bring some food scraps and aim your boat toward the beach. Before we left we inquired at the Yacht club and the kitchen was more than happy to provide us a bag of scraps to take for the pigs. We combined that with some old bread and leftover french toast we'd saved and headed out on our 13' Boston Whalers. A few hundred meters from shore there were no pigs to be seen but they must have heard us (and smelled our food). Once we got about 100m from the shore two big ones came trotting out from the trees and brush. Not only did they come trotting out, they came swimming right out into the water.
The largest female was a touch aggressive in trying to get the food scraps we brought. Before we could beach our boat she was already trying to climb in. She had me a little concerned she might actually make it over the gunwale and into the boat. I guess she could smell the smörgåsbord of lettuce, tomatoes, old bread, and onions we had on board.
Once the food was gone the pigs knew it. I guess years of being trained to smell what you've got (and what you don't) have given them the ability to know when it's time to leave. It wasn't but a couple minutes after picking through the last scraps left on the sand that they started to calm down and leave us alone.
We spent the better part of half an hour on the beach with them. My brother and his wife had been to the same spot a few years earlier and said they had seen more than three pigs before. But I guess with an island that size there could be plenty of them hiding in the trees further away. Their loss because our scraps were top notch :)
Another theory as to why we didn't see more pigs on the beach was boosted by what we found at the edge of the beach by the trees: a shotgun shell.
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