Sei whale, an endangered species, has been served at a Santa Monica Sushi restaurant called "The Hump." The restaurant is located at the Santa Monica Airport. After an undercover investigation by the pair of women helped film "The Cove" an Academy Award winning documentary, the restaurant has been shut down. A secret DNA test of the sushi served at "The Hump" as well as a hidden camera helped save the whales...momentarily. The Hump faces over $200,000 dollars in fines.
CNN.com reported: "Armed with a hidden camera, the two women captured the waitress serving them whale and horse meat and identifying them as such, a federal criminal complaint said. A receipt from the restaurant at the end of the meal identified their selection as "whale" and "horse" with the cost -- $85 -- written next to them. The women snuck pieces of the meat into a napkin and later sent them for examination to a researcher at Oregon State University. He identified the whale sample to be that of sei whale, prosecutors said."
Whale is illegal to consume in the United States and a DNA test proved that the meat in the sushi served at the Hump was in fact, sei whale. U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr, insists that "Someone should not be able to walk into a restaurant and order a plate of an endangered species."