Typed up from handwritten notes by: manyhills
The author writes:
It was surprisingly easy to draw that fish, actually. (Given how hard I find it to draw people...) It's not a new character, though - in fact, I'd say this strip isn't even canon. Sometimes a joke is just a joke.
Oh, and two people wrote in to say that Switzerland does have a naval ensign, stipulated in the Maritime Traffic Law 1953. Now, I have only a really basic knowledge of German (blame the luscious Miss P. who was our teacher), but I suspect that this sort of ensign and what I was talking about were two different things. So that strip is perfectly valid. Nyer.