"It's certainly unusual," said Jessica Waters, communications manager for Ocean City. "We see a lot of porpoises and dolphins. But this summer, we've had the manatee, the hammerhead shark and now we're having a whale."
Amber White, stranding coordinator for the National Aquarium in Baltimore's Animal Rescue Team, said the whale appeared to be a humpback whale, a species known to inhabit the waters of the Atlantic.
White said the whale is simply migrating in search of food. She noted that the humpback whales have been spotted off the coast of Ocean City over the past few years.
"If you look at all of the seafood we can get off the Maryland coast, our oceans provide a wealth of delicious food for them, as well," she said. "It's kind of awesome to know there's great food right off of Ocean City."
White said to see a whale breach is something spectacular.
"It is a very exciting experience to be able to share that with people, so folks can see it in the wild," said White, adding that she has never seen a whale breach herself despite growing up on the Eastern Shore.
She said the whale was fairly close to shore and people should be sure to give it space. However, if you're headed to Ocean City for the weekend, don't count on a repeat visit.