Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lobos Marinos

This weekend I visited Punta del Este in eastern Uruguay and got to see Uruguay's infamous sea lions or "sea wolves" as they call them in Spanish (lobos marinos).

Swimming about in the port of Punta del Este are a group of 8 or so enormous sea lions. They hang around the port alongside a flock of albatrosses where all the fishermen dump their leftover fish pieces.

You can get uber-close to these fascinating sea creatures and watch them swim around, playing, eating, and fighting with one another. This little boy in the picture enjoyed walking up and down the dock with a fish carcass while the lobos marinos greedily followed his every move.

"Feed me." You can almost hear the sea lions calling out to you. "Feed me. I'm going to sit on this rock here, and you throw me some tasty fish guts."


  1. Hello! I just found your blog on accident. Congrats on winning the Fulbright! I applied to be an ETA in Germany for the 2010-2011 school year.
    It seems like your experiences in Uruguay have been extremely rewarding. Best of luck to you. :-)

  2. Thanks Molly. Best wishes with your application. A Fulbright ETA grant is an amazing experience and you should treasure every moment! I have my fingers crossed for you!