Trips to the Bahamas to see Daddy Mason have been frequently reported here. One of the earliest episodes of Kate in the Countryside saw me duped into a race with some swimming pigs. This week I'm back on Paradise Island with the luminous Americans and their burgers, determined not to repeat that debacle.
In a trip riddled with sporting activity as usual, DM and I started the week with an extremely curious run. It was with a group of people (ranging from youthful to extremely aged) who do jogs interspersed with beer stops. To give you some idea, the running group is sponsored by Sands, the local Bahamian beer. Apparently these Hash House running things take place all over the world. They even have a song. This week's run bafflingly took us through rotting rubbish and snakes in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
But afterwards there was singing and beers on benches in the darkness. It felt like university - though with old people and warm weather. It was brilliant.
And yes, we did return to Staniel Cay to catch up with the Swimming Pigs and their offspring. Shoot the breeze, admire their athletic physique, that sort of thing. This time last year, the Pig Leaders were first to the boat, pounding the waves with earnest desire for food, while their sweet little piglet chums (see above) paced the shallows, dreaming of when they'd be allowed on the waves.
|Feed me Seymour: Bahamian Swimming Pig|
I'm afraid to report that on our return this year there were only four pigs to be seen. No piglets. A passing American told us he'd heard there used to be fifty Swimming Pigs on the island. Perhaps they were all resting?
'Where are the piglets?' wailed KITC (devastated).
'I imagine someone's eaten them for supper,' said DM.
Last time their efficiency at swimming / eating / fighting seemed pleasingly noble. Over the past year they have become more terrifying than you could possibly imagine. Hungrily scrabbling at the sides of our boat, they nearly managed to launch themselves in and topple us out.
'Hit them!' advised DM, eagerly taking pictures.
I tapped one with the scraps bucket, which only seemed to exacerbate the problem.
An American turned up and fed his bacon sandwich to one of the marauding beasts:
'Hah! Look at that y'all - he's eatin PIG!'
We left, trying hard not to think of the implications of this for the missing 46.