In 1922, a whale washed up on the beach near Caroline Street in Ocean City. It was towed out to sea by the U.S. Coast Guard but floated ashore again just north of the fishing pier.
The City Council ordered the whale carcass dynamited and several pieces landed on the Pier building and surrounding hotels and stores.
Legend has it that the smell of rotten whale did not entirely disappear until the Great Fire of 1925 destroyed most of the buildings in the vicinity of the Pier.
Photo courtesy of Pauline Walston