Couple's shock as 'massive black shadow' swims beneath boat on Aussie river

Geoff and Wendy Alford were enjoying a day on the water on their new boat when they made the startling discovery.

NSW residents Geoff and Wendy Alford beside an image of a black pig swimming in the Clyde River.
NSW residents Geoff and Wendy Alford spotted a 'massive black pig' confidently swimming across the Clyde River on Tuesday. Source: ARN Bega Bay

An Australian couple enjoying a day out fishing on their brand new boat were left completely stunned after identifying the "dark shadowy" creature spotted "moving beneath the water" beside them.

NSW residents Geoff and Wendy Alford, from the state's Far South, went out on a fishing trip near Little Island between Batemans Bay and Nelligen on Tuesday, when they saw a "massive black pig" swimming across the Clyde River.

Geoff said the pair were fishing but weren't getting many bites when they decided to "make a move" to try their luck elsewhere. He said that "off in the distance" he thought he "saw a large log, as there’s been a lot of flood matter in the river lately" before he quickly realised the truth.

The wild black boar is seen swimming across the Clyde River in NSW.
The wild animal even had enough energy to 'barge through the thickest part of the bush' after taking a dip. Source: Facebook

"It appeared to be a dark object that was moving under its own propulsion," Geoff, from Sunshine Bay told ARN Bega Bay. "As we got closer I thought, ‘that’s a little horse’, but no, it was a massive black pig".

"We couldn’t believe it, we did a quick 180, went back, my wife started taking video. It had swum one of the widest parts of the Clyde, and it was swimming as the water was 12.2 meters deep, so it wasn’t gaining any footholds."

Impressed by the sight, Geoff said the animal even "got to the opposite side" of the river and "still had the energy to barge through the thickest part of the bush".

While the scenes might appear strange at first glance, pigs have good buoyancy and are quite decent swimmers. With limited sweat glands to cool themselves through perspiration, they'll often go for a dip in a bid to escape the hot summer sun.

Most famously, pigs are often seen frolicking in the waves in certain parts of the Bahamas, where they're believed to have been introduced by European settlers centuries ago.

While Australians living along the nation's coast might not regularly see the animals in the wild — let alone swimming across lakes — feral pigs and their exploding population numbers have in recent times have wreaked major havoc in the country's regions, where locals have been forced to take drastic action.

A photo taken earlier this week showing a pile of boars dumped in the back of a truck offers a glimpse into the worrying problem currently plaguing rural Australia, where there's an estimated 24 million feral pigs spread across the continent.

Josh Robertson, 40, started the Ivanhoe Pig Comp almost 10 years ago, an annual competition which sees locals cull the feral animals, which are problematic for farmers and landowners, and bring them in for weighing in front of a delighted crowd.

"We had 107 teams this year, it was about 400 people. It's the most we've ever had," Robertson told Yahoo News Australia. In total, there were "well over" 2000 pigs caught over the June long weekend event, he said.

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