New York Marine Rescue Center issues seal warning to beachgoers during pandemic

The New York Marine Rescue Center says it is working to ensure its staff and animals are safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and have issued a warning to beachgoers.

The center is taking precautions to reduce the risk of infection and is operating with a small team. Currently the center has 25 sea turtles and five seals in its hospital that require daily care.

On Sunday, the center attempted to rescue a seal that was being harassed at Robert Moses. However, due to the crowds on the beach, the animal went back into the water. The team says it was shocked by how many people were not practicing social distancing.

The staff is asking beachgoers to stay at least 150 feet away from seals when they see them.

If anyone feels that the animal is in distress or requires attention, call the 24-hour hotline at 631-369-9829.