Zoli Ignite Teglas, who sings with the band Pennywise and is the music and outreach coordinator for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a marine wildlife conservation group, said in an interview that he got a tip the Hump was serving whale meat and alerted Charles Hambleton, associate producer of "The Cove."
Teglas said they enlisted two female animal activists -- both vegans -- and used a tiny video camera to record them as they were served a $600 omakase, or chef's choice, meal at the Hump. The two activists asked whether they could get whale meat, and a waitress then served eight pieces of what she called "whale," according to an affidavit provided by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles.
The activists bagged samples of the meat and slipped them into a purse. The samples were sent to Scott Baker, associate director of the highly regarded Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University. Baker determined that the meat was sei whale.