Yesterday I wrote about the makers of The Cove catching high-end Santa Monica sushi joint, The Hump, serving endangered Sei whale meat to customers. (There is now an apology finally posted on their website.) Many of you responded and let me know that a protest was called for this morning. I joined about 100 other protesters at the Hump. Responding as only Santa Monica ocean and animal lovers can, we succeeded in keeping The Hump from opening this morning.
There was a varied crowd; Pelican Rescue Team, Sea Sheppard, PETA and Heal the Bay all made a showing. Some of the makers of The Cove were also present. I saw some great signs-everything from Sei what?! to Free Willy. One woman actually put the restaurant owner’s name and work number on a sign. Another woman brought her dog wearing a sign reading shame on you and circled the parking lot with the protesters.
One of the most interesting points made over the bullhorn today was that whale watching could easily bring in more money than “whale killing.” To that effect, below are two YouTube videos of my own whale watching trip this summer. It was definitely something I will remember forever. Plus, you can check out my mad shakey-cam skills.
The local media (and even broadcasters from Japan) covered the protest extensively. Stay tuned for what ultimately happens to the now infamous Hump.