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The Swimming Pigs

The Swimming Pigs

The Swimming Pigs

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This scuba adventure trip was on a crowded 65 foot sailboat. It started in Nassau and wound its way through the isolated Exuma Cays. The price was low, but accommodations were minimal. Each passenger gets a bunk. Dive gear goes above deck and the rest of your stuff goes in your bunk. In order to travel light, all I brought along photographically was my D300 and 16-85 zoom. Β Kind of sounds like one of those one camera, one lens stories.

One of the highlights of the trip was that I completed scuba dive number 1000.

The swimming pigs photograph has been stolen repeatedly.

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63 responses

  1. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I envy those little piggies, here we are getting ready to face Old Man Winter….. Brrrr….

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    October 17, 2013 at 8:09 am

    • The pigs were left there by early settlers and went wild.

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      October 17, 2013 at 8:15 am

      • Looks quite wild indeed! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Great post!

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        June 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

  2. Amazing! Always knew that piglets were sociable creatures, but had no idea they loved the sea too πŸ™‚

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    October 17, 2013 at 8:38 am

    • Thank you, they love food and the ones that swim out to the boats get fed best.

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      October 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

      • Learning something new every day. Wish I were there feeding them too πŸ™‚

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        October 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

  3. Delightful–thanks for introducing me to marvelous wildlife. It must have been a moment to treasure, especially that they are somewhat tame.

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    October 17, 2013 at 8:42 am

  4. Adorable.

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    October 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

  5. Tasty.. πŸ˜‰

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    October 17, 2013 at 9:15 am

  6. You certainly made the most of your limited equipment – the pigs are great.

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    October 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    • Robert, these days I walk around with a 24-120 f/4 on my D800. It is the same as the 16-85 in terms of FOV, although it allows much more DOF control and the FX camera is superb in low light.

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      October 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

      • Yes, DOF is difficult deal with in wide lenses – Thanks!

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        October 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

  7. Oh my gawd…they really WERE swimming pigs! Awesome!

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    October 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

  8. those are wild piggies who live there?

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    October 17, 2013 at 11:26 am

    • Yes they are wild. I suppose occasionally one disappears and gets roasted.

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      October 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      • eeww! don’t tell me that! I was imagining they live happily on the island like peter pan. Now it’s more like lord of the flies

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        October 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm

  9. Maggie Beck

    Love the photos, and especially the comment about the 1000th dive. I started too late in life to make it that far… But I will keep counting as long as I can!

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    October 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    • It isn’t that hard to hit 1,000. Just go to places like Coco View where you can do 5 dives per day.

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      October 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      • Maggie Beck

        You are inspiring, Ron! I have 150… not bad for a middle aged grandmother who just started 10 years ago!

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        October 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

        • It took me 6t or 7 years to hit 1k.

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          October 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

        • Maggie Beck

          Aaahhhh youth! πŸ™‚

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          October 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

        • Youth is wasted on the young, you know that.

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          October 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        • Maggie Beck

          Hah! I would never go back.

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          October 18, 2013 at 6:09 am

  10. Now, this I could really get into; hogs and all.

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    October 17, 2013 at 2:02 pm

  11. Swimming pigs is not something I was expecting to see today, certainly starts the day off unusually.

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    October 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    • Leanne, around here expect the unexpected. Thank you for visiting.

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      October 17, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  12. I’ve never seen pigs with these markings! The humans look pretty good as well:)

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    October 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    • Thank you Elana. One of them was badly sunburned, I had to tone that down.

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      October 17, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  13. Those pigs are adorable!

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    October 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm

  14. congrats on the 1000 dives…great photos of the pigs, they can actually be very domesticated creatures…at least these fellows look very clean… πŸ˜‰

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    October 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

  15. bmyshot

    where have you find these subjects?

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    October 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    • The pigs are on a remote island in the Exuma chain of the Bahamas on or near Staniel Cay.

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      October 17, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  16. At least we know pigs can swim as opposed to flying. πŸ™‚

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    October 17, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    • I am pretty sure they fly when nobody is looking.

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      October 17, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      • I did see a flying pig but it was hot air balloon.

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        October 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

        • Could it whistle?

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          October 17, 2013 at 5:58 pm

        • No. But, I know whistling is a special talent.

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          October 17, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  17. You visited “Piggie Island”!! πŸ˜›

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    October 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

  18. Stunning and congrates on the 1000 dives quite an achievement

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    October 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    • Thank you. I have about 1,200 now, but the pace has really slowed.

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      October 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  19. Oh! I must go there!!!

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    June 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

  20. That is an amazing cloud formation you captures over the water!

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    June 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

  21. That is too cute…swimming pigs!!!

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    June 26, 2014 at 9:09 am

  22. Good to learn that if they can’t fly, at least they can swim! Enjoyable shots, as always, Ron.

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    June 26, 2014 at 12:59 pm

  23. Great !

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    June 27, 2014 at 5:26 am

  24. twsobey

    That sailboat looks familiar. Were you on one of the Blackbeard cruises? Went out on Sea Explorer in January. We didn’t see the pigs, but still had a fun trip.

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    February 21, 2015 at 11:29 pm

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