Wolfgang the Seal is an excitable seal on Sesame Street, who communicates through a series of barks.
Wolfgang has a great affinity for fish. If he so much as hears the word "fish," he is apt to go into a frenzy, so other characters avoid saying the word in his presence.
He appeared on Sesame Street starting in Season 21, although the puppet appeared as early as Episode 2568. In his early years he was owned by Uncle Wally, who taught the seal how to play a series of horns with his nose.
He also appeared in the special Sesame Street Stays Up Late, where he balanced a beach ball (representing Times Square's annual New Year's Eve custom of lowering a large crystalline ball on top of a building) on his nose. So as the countdown reaches zero, he threw the ball up in the air in slow motion with his nose.
His birthday is December 23rd.
Wolfgang made an illustrated cameo in the first part of Muppet Sherlock Holmes, where Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, working for Moriarty Masonry ("That's mason jars, not bricks, mind you,"), have created the perfect seal for their jars. That perfect seal is Wolfgang, who seals the jars of preserves perfectly.
The Wolfgang puppet was later used as another seal character named Rollie in Episode 4722. He later made minor appearances in the control room of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, performed by Martin P. Robinson. In the Sneak Peek Previews segment "The Seventh Seal", the puppet was used for all seven seals, including Sven, the titular seventh seal.
- Season 21: 2618, 2638, 2642, 2661, 2711
- Season 22: 2751, 2805, 2813, 2832, 2843
- Season 23: 2930, 2960, 2968, 2972, 2998
- Season 24: 3071
- Season 25: 3136, 3145, 3156, 3161, 3213, 3255, 3265
- Season 26: 3367
- Season 27: 3405, 3421, 3511
- Season 28: 3653
- Season 29: 3656
- Season 31: 3869, 3897
- Season 39: 4171
- Season 40: 4209
- Around the Corner on Sesame Street (1994)
- Sesame Street Stays Up Late (1995)
- Muppet Sherlock Holmes (2010)
- Personal communication with performer by Anthony T.