I just got back from Tee Harbor today, and after a few hours fishing in the same general area my buddy decided to take a break. He was messing with his pole near the edge of the boat, and a Sea Lion came out of the water right at his face. He jumped back, and was scared straight. It seemed to come from straight under the boat like an ambush or something. We laughed it off, and thought it was kinda strange but we continued fishing. About 5 minutes later my buddy was standing up toward the other side of the boat, and this time the Sea Lion again with no warning just shot straight up out of the water all the way past his front flippers leaned his head over the side of the boat with his mouth wide open then snapped his jaws together just inches away from my buddys arm. It happened in just a split second but I remember clearly seeing his front canines just before he snapped. My buddy was scared for sure now, and he told me to "get us out of here now!" as I was driving. We sped out quickly but it kinda ruined the day cus we were scared to even look over the side of the boat or rinse our hands or anything.
Someone tell me why that thing was acting like that, and why was it only after my buddy? My thoughts at this point are either it is used to being fed from boats, and smelled the herring or it's territorial, and just wanted us gone. Any thoughts? I really want to avoid that situation in the future.