Mar del Plata is a seaside town about a 6 hour bus ride outside of Buenos Aires. Apparently during the summer season the beach is packed and unbearably hot, just like the jersey shore! Fortunately we went during off-season when the beach was empty and the weather was agreeable. At the port downtown there is a strange colony of sea lions who hang out by the boats and bark at each other. If you have ever had the pleasure of encountering a sea lion you know that they are basically smelly angry manatees and that they have nothing in common with real lions.
Sea lion throwdown. Although attacks on humans are rare, in 2007 a 13-year old Australian girl was mauled by a sea lion while surfing (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6556895.stm)