Ive only had two encounters with seals/Sea Lions on both land and sea. Granted, both times I was just minding my business.
My first experience was when I visited the Galapagos Islands, I was awestruck at the breath taking beauty of the island and was oblivious to the fact that i was right in the middle of a harem of female sea lions. when i was charged by a male Who must have been protecting his harem of females. I did not see him until he charged out of the water and started to chase me down the beach. No harm was done to either myself or the sea lion.
The second encounter I had was when I was sea kayaking in Vancouver BC. A seal used the stern of my boat as a sunning spot. All I felt was the slight jarring of the boat and a scream of excitement from my boating partner. I'm not sure what I think about this Salmon VS seal debate. However, I do know that they are wild animals and the people who try and hand feed them are just stupid. Maybe that's where the problem lies is in the people NOT the animals. Animals are just trying to survive in a world consumed by man.
That's no kayak. That's a space ship!