The New York Times is reporting that the filmmakers behind "The Cove," this year's Oscar winning documentary, have exposed The Hump for serving whale meat in their restaurant. The sting began in October when friends in the music industry told the filmmakers that The Hump was known for serving the illegal catch. They sent friends in for an omokase (chef's tasting) with a video camera & the server clearly told them they had been served whale. They saved samples and sent them to Scott Baker, associate director of the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University, who verified that the meat was in fact from a Sei whale.
This past week they finalized the sting with federal agents. If convicted, those at the restaurant face a $20,000 fine and a year in prison.