Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs

October 31, 2020
Pigs of Paradise: The Story of the World-Famous Swimming Pigs

"The Bahamas are famous for sun, sand—and swimmingpigs." —National GeographicIn the middle of paradise, with billionaires and celebrities forneighbors, is an island populated only by swimming pigs. Fordecades, this archipelago of 365 islands would remain largelyunknown to the world. It would not be a ruthless pirate, pioneeringloyalists, a notorious drug kingpin, or the infamous Fyre Festivalthat would unveil Exuma to the world, but rather the most unlikelyof creatures. Appearing in magazines, videos, newspapers,commercials, TV shows, and countless selfies, the Swimming Pigs ofExuma, in the Bahamas, have become a bucket-list sensation and havebeen named one of the marvels of the universe.But how did they reach this celebrity status? What made them sofamous? And why, in February 2017, did so many of them die?Pigs of Paradise is an unlikely story of humblebeginnings and a swift rise to stardom. With interviews fromhistorians, world-renowned ecologists, famous pig owners, and boatcaptains, it thoughtfully considers what this phenomenon says aboutnot only these animals but also about us.