Wanda Cousteau is a fish explorer who debuted on Sesame Street in Season 25. Wanda wears a diver's helmet filled with water, so she can explore on land. As she explains it, "My mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations -- to boldly go where no fish has gone before!"
She talks like that a lot. When Big Bird says that Wanda will help him show the letter W, she announces, "That's right, Big Bird -- I'm going to boldly show the letter W like no fish has shown the letter W before!"
In Episode 3161, fish-hungry Wolfgang the Seal chases Wanda around Sesame Street. Wanda is worried -- "Oh, what am I boldly going to do now?" At the end of the episode, Big Bird scares Wolfgang away by dressing up as Big Fish, Wanda's huge friend.
- In Episode 3161 Big Bird introduces Wanda as "A Fish Called Wanda". A reference to the film of the same name.
- She is also referred to as "A Fish Called Wanda" in Around the Corner on Sesame Street.
- Wanda's last name is a reference to underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.
- Wanda's mission is a reference to the opening narration from Star Trek. (SSvideo)