Keeping the Pigs at Bay!
04 March 2015 | Staniel Cay
We spent a few days in Staniel Cay, home to the famous “Thunderball Dome” grotto featured in the James Bond movie with the same name. Great snorkeling and still pretty well preserved despite boaters anchoring on the nearby coral reef.
One of the features of the area is the Swimming Pigs on Big Majors Island. These wild pigs have gotten used to boaters (I think too used to) and swim out to boats anchored off the beach looking for a handout. As you can see in the picture some people venture too close and get more than they bargained for!
Unfortunately visitors are no longer content to observe wildlife from a distance but feel they need to get up close and personal. We got a few laughs watching the people who got off their boats onto the beach get chased around by 300 pound wild sows. It gets difficult when one jumps into your boat—especially if you have an inflatable dingy and are boarded by sharp hoofed Sus scrofa.
Shadow did his part though—standing on the bow of Dawn Patrol he proceeded to bark when they approached driving them off to a safe distance.