Isla de los Lobos

Trip Start Apr 15, 2009
Trip End Jun 17, 2009

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Monday, June 8, 2009

Each day about lunch time, four old sea lions appear at the Punta del Este docks.   Here the local fishermen clean and sell their catch for the day.  The leftovers go to the sea lions.    On weekends, even in winter, the tourists gather to watch the sea lions have their lunch.  For a small tip, the fishermen will provide a fish to feed to the sea lions while you take a picture.

These four sea lions have made the trip back to the mainland from Isla de los Lobos, which lies about 3 miles out into the Atlantic.  Lobo is the Spanish word for lion, and for some reason, the Uruguayans call sea lions "sea wolves," despite the obvious resemblance to the King of Beasts. The sea lions share this small island with a colony of seals.  But sharing only goes so far with these two groups.  The sea lions stay on one end and seals stay on the other.

The day we visited, the seals far outnumbered the sea lions.  The seals were sun-bathing, fishing, and some were just out for a little fun.

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