These are pictures of Mossy Back (there are actually several that have moss on their backs and/or sides) giving birth. she was easy to spot because of the green color on her. She was having contractions at 0730 when i arrived. But as many times happens during their labor, she had several contractions, moved around and then went in the water. I did not see her again until around 1206 when she again came on the beach. And again, she was having the contractions you see. This was typical of many births i saw last year. However, this year has been so different up until this week. Many of the seals would seem to be restless and I would know they were in labor. But Harbor seals do not seem to have labor that steadily progresses like humans. I have many times watched for four hours while the Mom was wondering all around the beach, would push and we could see her belly contracting. They she would roll over and sleep for long periods of time before doing this again. And then suddenly, we would see membranes and the pup would be coming.
These births as you can see where similar but the pushing and arching of the lower abdomen that you see was not as pronounced are even really seen until we saw membranes. Today, most of the births were lots of pushing for long periods of times, starting and stopping before we saw membrane.
This is a breech birth and those seem to take longer as well. I think several of them that we watched today were breech. About 40 percent of them are breech, so it really is not that big a deal for them. But it does seem to take longer and be harder on the Moms.
Cute little one, just out of Mom's belly. Soon they should be bonding and hopefully pup will start nursing right away as well.