Travel with me #72 : Visiting Major Cay and taking a swim with the pigs! (photos + video)

in travel •  last year

Dear Steemit friends :

For me, travelling to Bahamas is as much about relaxing in places like Atlantis as it is about island hopping and visiting the unique wildlife on the many small islands of Bahamas.

In my previous post about Exuma, we had the opportunity to visit and feed the very rare and endangered Bahamian Rock Iguanas. Seeing these rather large reptiles in their natural environment and interacting with them was an incredible and unforgettable experience.

With feeding the Iguanas under the belt, I decided to visit perhaps the flagship 'attraction' of the Bahamas, which is now famously known as Swimming with the pigs.

Just two hours on a boat from Nassau takes us a little further along the strip of islands collectively known as Exuma Cays to this rather mysterious place called Major Cays - nowadays known as Pig Beach.

Pig Beach

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The island is an uninhabited cay which is populated by two dozen feral pigs which survive by foraging in the forest for food, and then come out to the beach for a swim to cool down.

The Mystery of the Pigs

It is unclear as to how the pigs ended up on this island and survived to this day, but the locals like to tell the story of how the pigs swam ashore from a pirate shipwreck and survived by eating food from dumped passing ships.

Two farmers, Wayde Nixon and Don Rolle claimed to have brought the pigs to this island in the 90's to start a pig farm for fear of the Y2K computer meltdown.

Either way, the pigs have become some what a legend to tourists and have brought a lot of interest to the Bahamas as well as an opportunity for visitors to interact closely with pigs swimming in the sea!

I was lucky to visit on a splendid day, usually the June to November period is considered Hurricane season and the pigs are taken to a shelter by a local water sports company.

The gorgeous blue sky is only rivalled by the glistening light blue waters of the sea. An absolutely stunning view.

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As we approached the infamous beach, I could already see several of the larger pigs greeting other visitors. They were much larger than I expected. In the flyers I saw back at home, I thought the pigs would be cute little piglets.

The three biggest pigs are the ones with the spots on their backs. They are completely unafraid of visitors and will even swim out to greet you, snorting as they wait for you to feed them food.

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Seeing pig's nearly twice the size of myself, I decided to down some beer before I go ahead and greet them closer up.



Feeding the pigs is a great way to get them to interact with you. It's important and respectful to feed them natural food, so avoid things like bread, cheese, hot dogs and beer.

Earlier this year, half a dozen pigs were found dead, initial reports cited tourists feeding the pigs Beer and Rum as the cause of death, but autopsy reports later showed that their stomachs were full of sand.

So, best stick to feeding them fruit and vegetables, and in the water!

Once in the water, I was quickly greeted by one of the pink ones. Although smaller than the huge spotted hogs, it was still pretty big!

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Finally, my carrots caught the attention of one the little piglets which came rushing over to me expecting some treats.

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I definitely get along better with the piglets, at least they're not bigger than me!

This piggy came straight over and had a whiff.

There are quite a number of different pigs here :

The big black spotted ones..

Plain pink ones..

Brown ones..

In the end, I think the big spotted ones are probably the most assertive, they have no fear coming up really close to you expecting a good treat.

My tour guide told me to never have my back turned to one of the big ones, as they are known to have taken bites out of people's bums!

Best stick to the smaller ones for selfies with the pigs.

This piggy has quite interesting patterning on it's back.

Remember not to feed them by leaving food on the sand!

Of course, seeing pigs swim in the water is the main attraction, so it's best to lure them into the water with your food in hand, and make them work for a treat!



This is one of the smaller black spotted pigs.

It's hard to believe they grow up to be so big!

Can you see the little piggy getting a belly rub in the background?

Because the bigger pigs tend to 'hog' the water a bit more.

I realised I could get more interaction with the smaller ones by going into the shallower parts of the water.

This guy really likes to follow me around!

Time for some more selfies with the pigs.




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Looking around, I really couldn't find any pigs small enough to hold.

With a dash of luck, I heard some a really loud oink from further down the beach and noticed one of the smallest ones being held by someone.

I decided to go over and see if the little piggy would let me hold it too!

Success! The little piggy was actually still pretty big, it was so heavy I could only hold it for a few seconds.

It was very well behaved though and seemed to enjoy the physical contact.

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And just like that, I had my first ever experience interacting with pigs, and moreover pigs swimming in the sea!

I can now tick off Swimming with Pigs on my list of things to do before I die.

Hope you enjoyed my post, remember to up-vote if you liked it, follow me to keep updated with my activities, and leave a comment of what you think!


从很久很久以前,我就听说在这个宇宙上,有一个美丽的小岛可以和小猪一起快乐的游泳,这就是巴哈马加勒比海的猪岛。准确地说,我是从猪岛得知的巴哈马这个度假胜地。Pig Island又叫做Big Major Cay,正式名称叫作大沙洲,它位于中美洲巴哈马群岛。我这次选择从巴哈马首都拿骚坐船过去,途中还经过了很多明星和企业家的私人岛屿。下面是我和小猪们游泳的视频,希望大家喜欢哦。

想必大家和我一样,一开始最好奇的应该小猪们是怎么搬迁到海岛的。关于海岛上身事离奇的小猪,有很多传说。一种传说是90年代的时候,农夫们为了躲避当时的千年虫谣言,把小猪带到岛上,准备在这片自然的净土上生活。另一种说法是小猪们被当年的海岛带到这个岛上,希望这座岛成为日后航海时的补给基地,回程的时候再来接他们回家,可惜很多年过去了,海盗们没有再回来,因此遗留在岛上的小猪们快乐的生活下去,繁衍后代,可谓是真正过着无忧无虑,没有天敌的日子。

小猪岛上没有人类居住,岛上到处是天然泉水,并且受到周围岛屿的庇护,不常会遭受热带风暴引起的巨浪袭击,所以这里确实是小猪们名副其实的栖息天堂。被海浪拍打了2个小时之后,终于看见了一片白花花的沙滩,清澈见底的海水,还有这个小岛的主人——自由自在游荡的可爱小猪们。现在岛上大概有30只小猪,看上去是很多个猪家庭组成的,有大号的猪,更多的是像宠物狗大小的小猪。它们比起一般的猪,非常擅长游泳,因为他们经常要游去海里捡拾漂流的食物,猪仔们会游到船边,更游客们讨要零食吃。船长发给我胡萝卜和面包片喂小猪,我的心情激动极了,我期待能和小猪自由自在的泡在海水里很久了,现在终于看到了梦寐以求的画面。沙滩,阳光,海水,还有一群快乐的猪朋友。我猜这群小猪应该是世界上最幸福的猪仔们了。小猪们游泳好可爱,和狗狗们一个样。天气很热,所以我决定清凉一下,直接从船上跳下海水。我拿着胡萝卜走到猪猪身边,他们很友好的走过来,一点也不怕我,非常热情,比较大的猪可以一口吃掉整个萝卜,喂小猪的时候,需要一点点喂,因为他们好像咬不动整个胡萝卜。看到他们开心地嚼着胡萝卜,我也很为他们感到开心,同时我也很惊讶,没想到肉猪摆脱了被人类当食物的任务,竟然变得这么可爱。它们比我平时看到的猪漂亮好多,有些有漂亮的斑纹,还有些像染了头发一样,一道棕一道粉的。有一只小猪,还试图想要尝尝我手里的啤酒,真是太有爱了,我都担心以后我会不会舍不得吃猪肉了。

最后我鼓起勇气,抱起拉一只小猪,原来它们的毛发很粗,有点像鬃毛,硬硬粗粗的,而且虽然小猪们吃素很健康,不过真的比猫猫们重很多呢,不过小猪仔真的好呆萌,简直是天赐的萌宠,躺在我怀里四角朝天,舒服极了。希望大家喜欢我和猪猪玩水的经历,之后还有更多有趣的巴哈马故事要分享给大家呢。

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Pigs are so friendly as pet, unfortunatly it doesn't stop most people to eat them.

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Pigs happily eat humans too ;)

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Yeh but what man does do to pig, pig wouldn't do to man, even if they could...

cute pig

Hahaa swimming with pigs, awesome! Also love the colourful pictures !

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thanks coinlend!

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Sweetsssj! awesome as always... great, informative, colorful story. ;-)

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You are the cutest! :D

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@sweetsssj, the pig is cuter than you because I love bacon.

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不是。大家都知道你是最美丽的!但是那个自拍棒是不是一个gimbal的吗?Because if so I want to know where I can buy one. I'm guessing it wasn't Taobao. haha!

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Gimbals are great! I got one for my GoPro but I find them mainly useful for videos I am not sure if its worth the money for a picture i can hold my camera still just fine. 如果你只是拍照我觉得gimbal是不用的

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Those pigs are cute, but you are definitely cuter! Now I have seen it all. a pig beach 🐷

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Aww thanks nezbong ^.^

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You're not so cute but damn! Check out that pig

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I'm not so cute :( :( :(

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Like the username :)

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Thanks!

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I have @kys, in that 3 letter party :p

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Now I can't eat pig anymore :)

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Never thought they can be such beautiful

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This comment has received a 1.89 % upvote from @booster thanks to: @nidhisrecipes.

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we can eat dogs instead with a side of kittens if that makes you feel better

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Love it like spider pig.

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its amazing...isn't it?

Happy pigs, I'm sure :)

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it ridiculous you know?

I wonder why I've never seen a pig swimming. Great pictures.

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It is a pretty unique thing to Bahamas I think.. of course any pig could swim if they were given the same freedom to..

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you r so pretty dea

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its common in west africa

the swimming pigs are awesome!
I vsited too a while back.. feels like you're in a place where animals have evolved differently ;)

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Yessss, swimming with bacon!!! Now that I can definitely do!!!

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no bacon for me :D

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a historical new discovery, pigs can swim

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All animals with 4 legs can naturally swim....

Pigs swimming and relaxing on the beach on the Bahamas.
Me sitting behind a Computer upvoting them.

Something is wrong :D

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1st world problems !

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I love Weird Al and the first world problems, especially when we look like pigs

wow, that looks so fun

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it really was so much fun, I think the novelty won't wear off for several more visits. I will be back to see the piggies again!

Hey @sweetsssj I thought that pig is a doll! haha Btw, I'm doing 'What's in my bag' challenge for steemit ladies! I also tagged your name :) -> What's in my bag It would be so fun if you participate in this challenge! xoxo

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hi ramengirl, i'll see if I can make an entry.. the problem is I already have a post on what I carry in my bag, and I'm not sure I want to make another post with the same content..

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I know!! I read your post, and I loved it :) The reason why I'm doing this challenge because there is not many female users on steemit yet, so I want to promote communication among female users. I understand if you don't want to make a same content. But I'm sure that a lot of people are still curious what's in your bag! Thanks for the commet and hope you have a nice day ;)

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@ramengirl Im glad I read your post and came across the" whats in my bag" tag! Im going to upload a whats in my bag tomorrow. I also followed your blog great posts my boyfriends Korean <3

Haha, awesome - reminds me of the pig from Moana (the Pixar movie) :D

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haha the pigs are seriously cute!

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For sure. On a side note, I just published a piece about a fish that was photographed inside a jellyfish (sort of cute in a weird way). Let me know what you think:

https://steemit.com/photography/@adaptnetwork/photography-spotlight-let-me-outta-here-amazing-picture-of-a-fish-trapped-inside-a-jellyfish

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just upvoted it! That's pretty amazing, not sure how it got in there, since jelly fish are so slow !

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For sure, it's pretty crazy. Thanks for your support - really appreciate it :D

It's crazy how pigs are always thought of as dirty but when you see them there in that crystal clear water it just changes your perception about them. Nice pics & great write-up!

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So true.. we just need to see them literally in a different light and then we realise how amazing these animals are..

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Yeah I've never ever seen pigs in the way you have showed.... So many years seeing the normal pigs in a dirty, muddy pig pen & then seeing your pictures with the pigs in crystal clear water is almost unbelievable.....lol. Looks like you had fun, awesome!

I didn't know pigs could swim.
Whatever next, pigs flying?

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Haha, you know they are highly intelligent, maybe in some freaky evolution they learn how to fly planes. Or, technology advances enough to allow pigs to control personal aircraft with cognition.

A woman really gets my respect when she holds a pig and drinks a beer:0)

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Haha, you won't see me do that very often :)

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I understand......I don't drink beers very much also :D

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you might like the wine, red wine for red lady!

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lol.. Good one my Great Sir!!! * thick British accent*

I hope you don't eat pigs @sweetsssj cause that would just be weird!

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I haven't had the stomach to eat pork since.. but then it's only been a day so far.

I have 2 little potbelly piggies! I wish I could take them here to swim! <3

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Pigs are amazing! Eat Figs not Pigs. :)

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Oh wow.. i'd love to seee them!

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Oh my gosh, they are so cuuuute! You are so lucky!

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xx! They are very special to me! So glad you got to meet piggy friends of your own <3 Looking forward to more of your adventures!

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I´m SO FASCINATED: THIS IS FUNNY!! :D :D

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Little? Ha! They are cute though

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Haha, thanks! Maybe not so little.

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me too

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I am following you !!!
welcom for steemit
@mermaidcat

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Thank you! Followed you back :) xx

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you welcome

These are the happiest pigs in the world - I've got to visit them one of these days!

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they sure are, and you definitely should!

Those pigs are really cute! I would definitely like to pet them as they are all so adorable and clean. As most of the time when we saw some pigs, they are most likely to be in mud puddle or some kind of dirty places! It's good for you to have a suvh great time to travel!


Those pigs look delicious.

Awesome! The pigs are so cute! :)

Fellow Steemians, are you not entertained?

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I'm entertained!

Hey @sweetsssj looks like your getting a very slight tan now, also these piggies are super cute I find pigs are kinda like dogs so its a shame people treat them so badly they are also a smart animal, hope this paints a different view on them.

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Nooo i'm losing my whiteness! That's a disaster for most Chinese girls, but actually, I don't mind, the tanner the better?? Also, It really has changed my view of pigs drastically, I hope people get to see pigs in a different light after viewing this post.

OMG, that's like one of my dream destinations ever since I saw it on NatGeo! The pigs look so cute! Cuteness overload alert!!!

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It was my dream destination for so long, and I will admit, I saw that too! It's one of the prime reasons I came to Bahamas!

This is CRAZY @sweetsssj 😳
I can't believe you weren't scared of these guys, some of them are so big 🐷 🐖
It did look like a lot of fun though. Killer job on the video and the gifs 🙌 👍

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Thanks sandstorm! I was actually terrified of the big ones at first.. I needed a good few gulps of beer to summon the courage to go near them.. But they were pretty friendly in the end.

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Your welcome! Haha, that beer you had before getting in the water was too funny 😜 🍺
It was enough liquid courage for you to dare take that selfie too LOL 🤳

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haha the alcohol kicked in by then :D

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It sure did 😄 haha
Great to see your video editing getting better each and every time now too, definitely don't be gulping down too many beers before doing that 🤣

Oh my gosh so much YES! Love this and the piggies. Great post. Thank you for sharing

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You're welcome! Piggies are so cute when free to run around!

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I am following you !!!
welcom for steemit
@breshepard

Nice one as usual, this your pigs experience is really very interested, I am happy that you were careful enough not get a bite from the big pigs, thank God you hide the advice of the tour guide. I don't want anything bad to happen to you because your doing great job in this community through sharing your experience with us. good job keep it coming.

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thank you hynet, I wouldn't want someone reading the post, going there to take selfies with the pigs and then coming back missing a pound of flesh..

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Your welcome. Yes you did the right by informing the house.

Wow, wish I could join you

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Thanks!

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welcome sweetie, keep shinning

Great details, great post 👍🏻

@sweetsssj Thank you so much for your post. I am happy your smartphone did not fall into the water, you really risked a lot for us. I also like your gimbal to stabilize your smartphone. Is it a DJI? And that yellow bikini is really EXCELLENT, suits you so well... I am sure the manufacturer would like to sponsor you, don't you think so?

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Thank you lucky.digger, actually, my iphone 7 DID fall into the water. But thankfully it is suppose to be water resistant for short times under the water, so I picked it up and it was working just fine!

Also yes, I use the DJI Osmo for my video things, I can't tell you how great it is, I just hope the next iPhone has better camera so I can take better videos! I would love to receive sponsorship from DJI, I already use their drone and osmo, both of which i've blogged about too.

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Ohhhhh @sweetsssj, yes, they must all sponsor you! But also the bikini company. You are very photogene and all swimwear that you have had on suits you very well. Please don't stop sending us such great pics! Next thing, an airline must sponsor you, and also a hotel chain!

Thank you for sharing such amazing trip to me and the mystery pig is really lovely.I would like to take photos! It is really a great place for people to play together.I want to have a trip with my friends here as the environment is really comfortable and I hope you can share more great place to steemit.Let other steemians know more about such great places

Great pics.

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Well...I think that pig that followed you around had a crush on you already...;)
I'm curious about this line where you mentioned that "My tour guide told me to never have my back turned to one of the big ones, as they are known to have taken bites out of people's bums!" For real! Hope you didn't allow any go near your bum! We need you intact steeming hot as always;)
Wonderful narratives...nice clean waters...great shots...keep it flowing...

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thank you kenhudoy, I almost got attacked by one of the big ones, I think it wanted to eat me!

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Hahaha....naa ...am sure the big one was just seeking attention from the prettiest lady around...you may not have noticed but you were steeming hot out there...;)

Such adorable pigs.
On a side note (not trying to be rude), are you rich? You can travel like a lot lol.

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Hi! Well that question would be quite hard to answer because you would have to define what rich is. Amongst my peers, I am certainly not considered rich. I have some friends who visited Bahamas before me, and they had their own private Yacht take them around the islands.

I've never seen pigs like those before. Fascinating! That piglet you were holding was almost as big as you. Very much enjoying your travels vicariously. Thank you for sharing!

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To be honest, I've never seen pigs before this. It's certainly eye opening to see how intelligent they are.
Thanks :)

I always visit your blog because you inspires me. Do what you do. Thank you very much for sharing inspiring content.

Awesome photos! Looks like you had a great time!
please upvote, reply, resteem and follow @victorvazco thank you, you're awesome!

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顶。
沙发居然没抢到,板凳也可以。
有时间也来看看我的小说哈,发表到148章了,呵呵,小小的推广一下自己。

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哈哈 好的,支持,欢迎回归啦!

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非常荣幸,你还记得我。
哈,厚着脸皮请求你帮我转载resteem一次我的最新章节,让更多人能了解到中国玄幻小说,我会努力持续更新的,唯一遗憾的是英文版还需要过段时间才能出来,加强学习中。
shy.....

wish i knew chinese so that i can know the last words.

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It's just the Chinese version :)

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okay,fine no problem

The pigs are soooooo cute! I like the video clips. That water is so clear and blue...beautiful! Looks like you are having fun! Enjoy.

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thank you tess! I was sooo excited before, during and after the trip, I'm still in disbelief that this exists honestly..

This is a great post, Im planning a trip to Bahamas and now I will plan to visit the piggys!

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yessss! Do make sure you blog about it and tag me!

Omg that's awesome =D

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thanks sircarlo!

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you're welcome have fun out there!

damn girl, you travel even more than me :)

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ooh, i dunno kingscrown, you are a pretty prolific traveller i must say!

Nice Photography @sweetsssj ...Beautiful trip to Atlantis and more beautiful than your Exuma Tour... It means Bahamas is fantastic country for its beautiful places...
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thanks! Let's not forget the curious pigs!

Wow that was interesting I have never see one swimming it so cool! Nice and interesting travel you found jeeje. thanks for sharing that wonderful experience.

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you're welcome gabrielmrpr, life is short so we should try to experience the unusual splendours of the world!

Nice place to visit. I always wonder who take your pictures?

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Thanks, a very nice visit indeed! I have a few travel friends who are keen amateur photographers, actually they got me into buying better camera stuffs, otherwise my mum usually fills that roll.

Bahamas is a beautiful island,

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(collection of over 700 islands and islets)

Super Beautiful place!! You really go to so many amazing places. Keep up the good work! can't wait to see the next place!

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thanks! I haven't decided where I'll be off to next.. but I have a few more places left in Bahamas :)

lovely article, it looks like you had a lot fun!

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thanks crazydaze :)

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@Sweetsssj, I'm curious about something. Do you take your drone with you when you travel? If so, what are the regulations regarding a drone on a plane? Do you just put it in a carry on bag or are other steps necessary?

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Well, I usually put it in my suitcase.. But some places require you to take the batteries out and take them in your carry-on luggage.

In Bahamas, you have to declare you drone and get a letter signed to legally use it.. I was stopped at the airport because they found out I brought mine.

I think I might have to change drones and start using the Mavic or Spark, they're much smaller and ideal for taking on travel.

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Ah okay, thanks for commenting back. I thought something like that may occur. Out of curiosity, who do you have to declare the items? Do you do it when they scan your bags or before? Also, where did you get a letter signed that you can use it?

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usually, they will scan the bags at the exit where you normally declare goods. The thing is, they won't necessarily ask you to put the bags on the scanner, so you might be able to get through without them knowing. But, you will be liable to a fine if they catch you using it without permission

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Alright, thanks. I'll keep that in mind for the future.

Curious, do you travel with another person? I ask because I am wondering who takes pictures of you while you are on your adventures.

Thanks for this, as always!

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I always travel with my mum or any one of my many travel friends, we take pictures for each other etc.

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I was actually wondering the same myself just didn't get around to posting it.

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I see. What a great life you lead!

Wow ....u r so beautiful even ...pics r good ....keep traveling

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Aw thanks arorapuneet, I will aim to visit every corner of the world before I die :) (unrealistic but there we go)

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I can dear .....u can ...btw u r so beautiful

Yes god .... very much a pig on the island, The beach is very beautiful and interesting

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indeed, around 20 or so I was told..

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thanks muhammadzairil!

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You welcome @sweetsssj..follback me..😀😀😀👍👍

They're so cute!!! Wanna do that!!!

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You could try raise a little piggy at home and take it swimming :)

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And what do I do when the piggy grows??? I think its better to go over there and meet those cute swimming pigs.

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the pigs here are all pretty big too!

Fun fact: Paradise Island (where the Atlantis resort is located) was originally named "Hog Island".

They changed it when the resort was built.

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That's interesting, cause I think there still is an island in the southern bunch of islands in Exuma called Hog Island. Thanks though!

You've ruined bacon for many.

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I never really liked Bacon.. and now I think I don't really like pork!

I’ve been there and l love it.

The only pigs I deal with in my village are the ones becoming sausages

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Oh.. that's um, sad. 😢

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yummy sad

Omg @sweetsssj thats myself's and dans dream! Swimming with the piggies!! We mentioned you and 2 others in our blog post! If you never got the chance to view the mention is was basically saying that we are extremely happy for you and what you're doing here at Steemit!!

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thank you for the sweet mention lucy and dan, I hope you guys get to live the dream you've always wanted, and hopefully see you around more often!

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We won't stop fighting for our dream! We hope to see you more often as well!

You are more than welcome to come and take all of my feral hogs! I can't guarantee that they will be as friendly though, lol.

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aha.. well I need to build a farm first :)

I can't see the picture btw