But if we do not know a behaviour exists, we cannot easily act to protect it. Already have an account with us? Sign in to manage your newsletter preferences. Home News Seal in the wild caught clapping for the first time. But where zoo animals are often trained to clap for our entertainment — these grey seals are doing it in the wild of their own accord. Dolphins show signs of dominant right flipper. Seals clap to demonstrate their strength and attract mates, researchers believe.