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We think this is a young durian fruit. These smell bad when mature and ripe, so we decided not to find out what they smell like when they've been sitting in salt water, in the sun, on the beach for who-knows-how-long.

 
Playa Ferranda (near Colonia), Uruguay; Apr 23, 2005
© 2005 susan & grace
 
 

-- comments from readers --

 
 

That looks very much like an Osage Orange, except they tend to be found in North America. Supposedly they smell nice and repel mosquitos (or so my third grade teacher said), but since they grow in warmer climates perhaps someone planted one in Uruguay?

--Steph T. (Maryland, USA); Dec 30, 2005