Montevideo

Fur seals rest at Isla de Lobos, a small island located about 8 km off the coast of Punta del Este, 140 km east of Montevideo, on March 19, 2014. A slaughterhouse operated in the island until 1991, and since then is the main reserve in South America to fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) and sea lions (Otaria flavescens).

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Fur seals rest at Isla de Lobos, a small island located about 8 km off the coast of Punta del Este, 140 km east of Montevideo. A slaughterhouse operated on the island until 1991, and since then has become the main reserve in South America to fur seals (Arctocephalus australis) and sea lions (Otaria flavescens).

Lightning streaks across the sky of Montevideo, over the Legislative Palace -- seat of the Uruguayan Government -- during a thunderstorm early on January 10, 2014.

Mariana Suarez/AFP

Lightning streaks across the sky of Montevideo, over the Legislative Palace, seat of the government in Uruguay, during a thunderstorm