Oscar the Seal – A Table Bay Hotel Legendon May 19, 2009
Oscar the Seal is a legend and so many people ask us about the life-sized golden sculpture of Oscar they encounter as they enter our hotel. There is a rich tale and he is affectionately named after a legendary old fisherman who used to be seen fishing off the pier. Each morning a Cape Fur Seal would swim near the shoreline and visited with the old man on the rickety wooden jetty. The warmth of the fisherman’s heart was so big he used to throw his bait, and occasional catch, to the seal – going home empty handed, but with a happy heart.
While The Table Bay Hotel was being built, the opening team ‘adopted’ the old fisherman Oscar and joined him in his daily ritual. Sadly, the old man stopped coming just before the hotel opened. The opening team decided to name the seal “Oscar” in his honour and it’s said that Oscar’s warm heart and kind spirit transferred into the old seal.
Oscar the Seal was seriously injured in a boating accident, but we believe he lives on and his spirit was captured in the exclusively commissioned statue by Donnie DeJonger. Oscar now stands proudly adjacent to Jetty 2 at the hotel entrance.
In real life, Oscar’s friendliness and link to the hotel lives on in his pups who still come to jetty at The Table Bay and continue his traditional visits by basking in the warm sun on the jetty everyday. The staff always think of Oscar when serving guests.
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