I must have stepped in dog shit. I must have. But it doesn’t smell like dog shit. It’s putrid, though. Perhaps it’s the landscaping trailer in front of me, hauling some manure. But it’s not really a manure smell. More like fish. Oh my god. What IS that smell. Is it on my shoes?

Eventually, the cars that were between me and the smelly cargo had all turned off the road and left me directly behind what was… a whale!! That never happened when I lived in Kansas. Holy hell that thing smelled bad. I tried not to inhale through my nose for miles.

I remembered reading a news headline about a beached whale nearby. This must be the dead minke from OOB.

Whale carcass washes up on Old Orchard Beach
Journal Tribune, July 22, 2018