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Wild grey seal caught ‘clapping’ on camera for the first time

A wild grey seal has been caught “clapping” on camera for the first time, making sounds that resemble “shotgun-like cracks”. The large male was filmed striking its flippers together off the coast of the Farne Islands, during the breeding season in 2017. Scientists believe male seals clap to demonstrate their strength, as part of an attempt to ward off competitors and attract potential mates.

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