The unidentified man was reported missing for more than 12 hours before he was finally rescued off a remote island in Jamaica Bay, Queens.
The octopus-wielding pinniped appears to be a New Zealand fur seal.
The actress is very thankful for the "blond human" who came to her rescue.
"It just wouldn't stop," said Dan Wherley.
"Did I get us lost in a kayak? Yes. Did we paddle as hard as we could for 100 hours and end up in a shipping lane? I’m afraid so."
I recently got back from my 7th continent trip - a basecamp activity cruise to Antarctica. As one would anticipate, it truly was a trip of a lifetime and filled with unexpected adventures at every turn.