This you sub adult male (sam) is all comfortable and bent in shapes that you would think would not be comfortable. But his expression would say otherwise.
Below is a very pregnant female, throwing dirt on herself. We know that both sexes will throw dirt to get relief from heat or when stressed. And like most things with the pregnant seals when they go in labor, all their actions are the same actions that you would see normally. The actions just begin to have a pattern if you know what to watch for. Moving around, vocalizations, throwing the head back, fanning the rear flippers. All signs.
This bull on the other hand is letting everyone know this is his stretch of beach. This bull came way across the beach, chased after another bull along the beach. Where usually they give up chasing if the other one is running away, well this bull did not. He followed the other bull into the water and for 10 minutes or more, then fought out in the water. The other bull was continually trying to get away, but this bull was not having it until he taught the other bull a lesson. Or so it seemed. Many times, just a look from one of the alpha males will make the other sub males turn around or at least drop down on the dirt. Very curious to see this one put so much energy into fighting a male that was doing everything in his power to get away and not fight.
Then you have these little ones that are probably last years pups but could be two year olds. All that fuzzy looking stuff you see is actually left over fur from the catastrophic molt that happened a couple of months ago. All these little pieces seemed to have gotten blown into this area and was covering many of the seals.