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LUKE VAN HORN

Communications Officer, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Born in the United States, Luke was raised on a small dairy farm in southern Michigan. He attributes his strong work ethic and self-reliance to growing up in this environment.

Luke went on to explore the western United States, spending several years in the Rocky Mountains and most recently on the West Coast. It was during this time that he developed a deep appreciation for the natural world and realized the importance to protect it.

In recent years, Luke has become increasingly concerned that our impact on the environment is reaching a tipping point. He felt the best way to make a personal impact was to join Sea Shepherd in the southern ocean defending a mammal both cherished and decimated by humans.

When he’s not on campaign, Luke works as a software engineer. In his free time, he enjoys trail running, sailing and hiking. He currently lives in Washington state.

from:  http://press.discovery.com/ekits/whale-wars-2/template.cfm?page=crew-bios

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Luke Van Horn,who’s new to “Whale Wars” this season, spoke with the Mole about life aboard the “Steve Irwin.” Here’s more from our conversation:

What’s a typical day like aboard this ship?
A typical day depends on what is going on. Sometimes I would be woken up twice during the night to handle situations. But a normal morning, I’m up, go the bridge and make sure our email is working properly. Paul (Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd) is up, but he seems to always be up, he just goes and goes and goes! I had to make sure all the systems were working. If I had side projects going,I had to do some triage.
 
Is there any one task that’s absolutely key?
Yes, the most important thing is getting the ice charts that show where the ice floes are. That’s crucial for us. It can change so quickly too. So interpreting that data and trying to plan ahead for what the currents are doing, that takes a lot of time.
 
Did you ever have any down time at all, whether a day or a few hours?
Those times were few and far between. We were able to relax a little for New Year’s and Christmas. We took the time for ourselves, just to hang out. One of the downsides of this campaign is that you’re with this crew of amazing individuals and you wish you had more time to spend just being with them, getting to know them better. 
 
How was the food on board? In season one, we saw how busy the cooks were feeding everyone these healthy vegan meals.
The galley staff is amazing, one of the hardest working groups on the ship. Cooking for more than 40 people is pretty amazing, and it’s physically demanding to do it on a ship. 
 
Did you lose weight on the voyage? 
I lost 15 pounds, but I didn’t get seasick. Most people (on a ship) have a real loss of both energy and a desire to eat. And you had to be careful that you didn’t overeat so there was always enough to go around.
 
Before being involved in “Whale Wars,” what was your own whale experience, had you seen pods of them in the wild, or at Sea World?
I was pretty limited. Yes, I had seen them at Sea World, and was not a whale expert before the campaign. I fully respect them. Getting to see them up close—to see a pod of Orcas in the wild, and the Minnkes, it is really indescribable, especially down there, surrounded by icebergs and penguins. You never expect to see whales like that.
 
You mentioned how important email is to the crew, it almost makes this journey sound like anybody’s office!
Email is a lifeline and I’m so grateful we have that. It’s a challenge on this ship. It’s an older ship, built in the 70s and the wiring is old. The cool part of it is the range of electronics that we have, but that also makes email a challenge. Being able to be in touch with friends back home, to be in contact, even if we do have to be careful with what we say, is so important. Email is relatively modern but I cannot imagine doing this without it. And for the cost to be down to where it can be used on a campaign like ours…I know everyone is grateful we have it.
 
What can viewers expect to see this season, without giving too much away?
Well, there is no shortage of dynamic events. You’ll see that the rolling seas and weather make it hard to do your job. All those swings and the wind, you’ll see cables can just fly off. And for everyone, there is the tiredness of your body being on overload, trying to do everything. There are a lot of new people on board this time so everyone is adjusting..
 
What made you want to participate in Sea Shepherd’s mission, had you been involved in animal activism before?
Other than volunteering at a local animal shelter, no. But seeing the industrial slaughtering and packaging of whales, the factory aspect of it—it’s disturbing, and I’m planning to go back for another campaign.
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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Luke Van Horn
3325 415 8695          51
his path of destiny/how he learns what he is here to learn (sum of all letters) = 51 = Truth.  Honesty.  Honor.  Respect.  Integrity.  Character.  Reputation.  Credentials.  Veracity.  Virtue.  Ethics.  Morals.  Honor.  Dignity.  Decency.  Authority.  Legislation.  Laws.  Rules.  Regulations.  Ordinance.  Policy.  Standards.  Important.  Significant.  Official.  Proper.  Sir.  Citizen.  Civilian.  Campaign.  Elections.  Voting.  Politics.  Government.  Genius.  Logic.  Rational.  Factual.  Accurate.  Exact.  Precise.  Frankness.  Candor.  Brief.  Plain spoken.  Impartial.  Unbiased.  Serious.  Sober.  Solemn.  Formidable.  Instructor.  Instruction manual.  Textbook.  Instructions.  Lessons.  Procedure.  Machines.  Computers.  Linear.  Methodical.  Systematic.  Statistics.  Facts.  Arithmetic.  Math.  Equation.  Formulas.  Quotient.  Enumerate.  Naming.  Counting.  Quantify.  Measurements.  Parameters.  Requirements. 

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using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 
Luke Van Horn
3                 95
 
what he must do/has to do (first letter of the first name and the second from the last letter of the last name) = LR = 39 =  Charm.  Promises.  Ideals.  A nice guy.
how he obtains his heart’s desire (first letter of the first name and the last letter of the last name) = LN = 35 = Perseverance.  Endurance.  Stamina.  Persevere.  Be prepared.  Forewarned is forearmed.  Hang in there.  The long haul.  Strength in adversity.  Strength in reserve.  Staying power.  Keep on going.  Keep on doing what you’re doing.  Stick with it.  Never give up.  Not giving up.  Don’t quit.  Don’t stop.  So far, so good.  Don’t switch horses midstream.  Staying the course.  On an even keel.  To be continued.  I’ve got your back. 

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