Seals and humans have flocked to the Rockaways amid the pandemic, leading to a dramatic rise in encounters that sometimes draw in unsuspecting dogs.

Melting ice up north is driving seals to the waters off Queens and Staten Island, while the quest to get the outdoors continues sending New Yorkers to the beach.

Experts warn well-intentioned beachgoers to keep their distance: Seals may look cuddly, but they are not.