Feds search Calif. sushi restaurant for whale meat

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) - A special agent for the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has requested a warrant to search a California sushi restaurant where activists say they were served illegal whale meat.

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 (oh-mah-KAH'-say), 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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