Yeah, well God made wolves and bears and all kinds of other creatures too and I don't think man has to defer to their so-called rights either. God also made man and gave us dominion over all creatures.
Until you've been here and witnessed the wanton destruction and decimation of our fish and worse--the spooking of kayakers, I think you should reserve your criticism.
As to the argument about who was there first; when I was a kid, you had to go to the ocean to see a sea lion. And back in those days, they had a natural fear of man. Today they don't.
I don't want to share my backyard with a grizzly bear and I don't want to share the local rivers with 3000 lb. beasts. The courts have seen fit to allow up to 85 of these things to be destroyed each year. There are thousands of local fishermen that think that number should be 850, or more.
I'm pretty sure if you had to deal with thousands of agressive sharks, or aligators in the waters where you kayak you might be a little more sympathetic to what we have to put up with.