Whale Sushi Sting

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday they plan to file charges against The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica for violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Two undercover diners working with the producers of the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" requested whale as part of a $600 omakase, or chef's choice, meal. They pocketed a sample, and genetic testing confirmed that it was meat from the endangered Sei whale.

Messages left for an attorney for The Hump were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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