Big Major Cay also known as Pig Beach is inhabited only with pigs. This group of feral pigs however is not typical of other feral pigs, the reason tourists in boats that normally come from the Fowl Cay resort feed them. All the regulars stay at the resort highly recommend a trip to watch the pigs swim on Big Major Cay. This island is located in the Outer Exuma which is a district in the Bahamas with over 360 islands, north of Staniel Cay. Boats are available on a regular basis due to the popularity of pig Beach.
Some visitors have described these animals as being huge easily as large as a small pony, the pigs will actually leave the beach and go into the water to the arriving tourists, looking for handouts, in shallow water they will often jump up into your boat looking for your lunch when you're feeling especially friendly or adventurous. They can be seen laying in the shade during the hot summer hours going into the water after it's cooled down a bit. One popular food item visitors feed the pigs is potatoes. When the pigs are no longer being fed they will swim back to shore, and wait for a new tour boat to arrive.
This pig island which is located in the Bahamas was first discovered by Eric Cheng and his captain Jim Abernathy Eric was a photographer and his discovery was in 2009. This unusual island has a natural water spring and is protected from tropical storms by the surrounding islands, making this the perfect place for these pigs to live. It is unknown how these pigs actually got to the island; however it is believed they were placed there to provide food for sailors as they passed by the island, as the sailors never returned the pigs flourished. Because passing yachts continuously dump their excess food into the sea these pigs have never had a problem finding food, they are so adapted to this food source they swim out to the passing yachts hoping they will receive some delicious morsels.
Eric Cheng had heard of these pigs and decided to pay the island of visit and saw pink and dark brown pigs on the beach. The sand on the beaches is white making it easier to see the pigs as they scrambled into the water rushing to individually welcome the new arrivals. Many visitors will swim with the pigs making for an exciting vacation excursion. It is wise to keep in mind that these are not pet pigs and are wild and are known to bite. Also on the island is a herd of goats located on the northwest end where they can be seen during the early morning hours. A few stray cats have also been seen on the Island with the twenty or so pigs and piglets.