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    Chinese Year of the Pig

    Ten Pig Facts for Year of The Pig

    2019 is the Year of the Pig! To celebrate we’re sharing 10 Facts about some of our favourite animals: PIGS! (duh):

    1. As recognised in the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. The last Year of the Pig was in 2007.
    2. In addition to their inclusion on the Zodiac calendar, Pigs are the symbol for wealth in Chinese culture.
    3. Pigs are some of the smartest animals around. Their intelligence ranks higher than dogs!
    4. Believe it or not, pigs are very clean animals! They keep their living space clean and free from waste.
    5. Then why do they look dirty? Pigs can’t sweat, so they cover themselves in mud to cool themselves down.
    6. Pigs are omnivores. That means their diets can consist of both plants and meat. (On our tours we feed the Exuma Swimming Pigs carrots and the Spanish Wells Swimming Pigs chicken and turkey.)
    7. Known for their robust figures, full-grown pigs can weigh up to 700lbs! Though piglets can start out at around 2.5lbs.
    8. Pigs like to get (natural) massages – rubbing themselves on trees and hard surfaces for that good scratch! If you want to make friends with a pig, a good back rub can go a long way!
    9. It’s all in the name… A male pig can also be called a boar. A female pig is called a gilt pre-piglets and a sow post-piglets. Of course, baby pigs are called piglets. A group of adult pigs is called a “sounder of swine”.
    10. Pigs can live up to 25 years old. On our pig beaches we have a range of ages from piglets up to grandmas and grandpas!
    11. BONUS! Pigs really do swim! They front-paddle, much like dogs do.

    From our funny family to yours, Happy Year of the Pig!

     

    Harbour Safaris Swimming Pigs

    Pigs on our Exuma Excursion “sitting” for a carrot.

    Look! A Swimming Sounder of Swine! (Say that 5 times fast).

    sleeping piglets

    Napping piglets.

     

     

     

    References:

    https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/pig/#pig-fence.jpg

    https://researchmaniacs.com/CollectiveNouns/Animals/What-is-a-group-of-Pigs-called.html

    https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/

    https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/pig/#pig-fence.jpg

    https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/pig/

    http://www.veganpeace.com/animal_facts/Pigs.htm

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    Exuma Blues

    Dodging Liquid Sunshine

    When you want to get away from the winter blues, there’s no better place to rediscover the warmth of blue hues then in the Exuma Cays.

    On our excursion days, we sometimes have to dodge weather, one of the downsides of our tropical winters. Having a high-performance powerboat with the latest technology makes this a breeze.  We also have light foul weather gear, just in case (in addition to our full repertoire of safety gear).

    We invite you to explore the Exumas with us, to swim with the pigs, to feed iguanas, and to experience what the Family Islands are all about.  We’ll make sure your trip is comfortable and enjoyable!

    One of our first mates, Craig, took these amazing photos on a recent trip.  The first shows the dark run to the Big Majors (aka Pig Beach), the latter the opposing weather on the gorgeous Allens Cay.

    I met some of the guests from this dreary day as they were leaving the marina – and although there was intermittent rain they had an amazing day. The sun came out at all of the various spots and allowed them to enjoy what the Bahamas has to offer. I am always in awe as to the effect the Exumas have on our guests, and we at Harbour Safaris can’t wait to share it with the you and the rest of the world.

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    Don’t forget the ‘u’ in harbour – after all, we can’t do it without you!

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    Swimming Pigs on your Bucket List? Check!

    Ever since their rise to internet fame, the Swimming Pigs of Big Major Cay in Exuma, Bahamas have been added to the bucket lists of many a wishful traveler.

    Most will only ever get as close as to follow them on Instagram or watch their videos on YouTube but, a fortunate few will actually get to meet the swine celebrities in person.

    At Harbour Safaris, we help those dedicated, lucky travelers who make it their mission to meet the pigs while visiting The Bahamas.

    Just last week we took an enthusiastic bunch who were visiting Nassau from the UK. Departing Nassau in the early morning we made our way down to Staniel Cay for a brief stop to stretch our legs. Next it was on to the main attraction: the Swimming Pigs! Once at ‘Pig Beach’ the group couldn’t wait to meet the nautical pigs. Which is lucky, because they swam right up to the boat for their treats (no visit is ‘free’ after all). Like any good attraction, these 4 legged-guys demand compensation for their photos to be taken – and that reward is found in the form of food; carrots to be exact. Once their bellies were full (for the most part… I mean, can a pig ever really be ‘full’? Especially with all that cardio they do swimming!)… we made our way to North Exuma, finding a deserted beach along the way to stop for lunch. We made the first footprints this beach had seen in days, maybe weeks (maybe even longer!). It was truly pristine and beautiful (and we made sure to leave it as such).

    Lastly, we made a stop at Leaf Cay to feed the friendly iguanas. Being late afternoon, these lizards were almost as pooped as we were from the glorious, sunny day! We enjoyed another dip in the blue mosaic waters of Exuma before finally making our way back to the city of Nassau.

    And thus, the bucket list for this family is less one 🙂

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