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Clapper the Seal is an animal friend who appears in Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong Land 2, in the levels Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern. A character resembling Clapper, named "Seal", later appears in Donkey Kong 64. And he reappear in the Freestyle Mode in Donkey Konga 2.

Description

Clapper always sits next to a body of water stationary, and he has the ability to cool the water temperature. To do so, Diddy and Dixie Kong must jump on Clapper, who breathes into the water and then claps his flippers (hence his name). In Lava Lagoon, Clapper cools down the boiling lava water, allowing Diddy and Dixie Kong to safely swim through. In Clapper's Cavern, a level bearing his name, Clapper freezes the water into solid ice, allowing the Kongs to safely cross above Snapjaw.

After a while, the water that Clapper had cooled changes back into its original temperature; therefore the Kongs should quickly move through the level. Since the water temperature only changes temporarily, Clapper appears a few times throughout both Lava Lagoon and Clapper's Cavern to compensate. Clapper is the only Animal Friend in the game who does not have its own Animal Crate.

Clapper got his name from the popular depiction of seals clapping with their flippers, which he himself does in the games. He has silver fur, large eyes, and a tan snout with a black nose and five whiskers on each side. Like all the seals, he has four flippers, the hind two of which somewhat resemble a fluked whale tail. In Donkey Kong Country 2, Clapper makes stock sound effect of seals every few seconds.

Profiles

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest

  • Instruction Booklet Bio: "Most seals can't bring boiling water down to room temperature or turn water to ice, but Clapper can! Bounce on his back, and he'll be happy to demonstrate."
  • Wii U Virtual Console Electronic Manual Bio: "Can cool down the boiling water by blowing on it. Cannot be mounted."

Donkey Kong Land 2

  • Virtual Console Electronic Manual Bio: "Jump on his back to temporarily freeze boiling water or turn lava pools into regular water, allowing you to swim across. You are unable to transform into Clapper the Seal."
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