The 2015 Isla Nublar incident, also called the Jurassic World incident, was a series of events that took place on the small Costa Rican island of Isla Nublar on December 18, 2015 and briefly into the next day. At the time, the island was home to Masrani Global Corporation‘s Jurassic World, a de-extinction tourist attraction and theme park built by Timack Construction and operated by International Genetic Technologies. The incident centered around the escape of an animal asset, the only surviving Indominus rex, which evaded detection long enough to cause significant damage to park operations. Other animals were inadvertently let out of containment during the incident, causing scores of tourists to become injured. Poor management practices meant that much of Jurassic World’s staff was entirely unprepared for an incident of this nature, resulting in the deaths of multiple employees and animal assets along with the many injured tourists. The incident brought on a class-action lawsuit against Masrani Global Corporation and generated enough negative press to permanently close Jurassic World, causing the largest financial disaster in the history of the company.
International Genetic Technologies was founded in 1975 by Scottish entrepreneur Dr. John P. A. Hammond, and with financial backing from Benjamin Lockwood, the company had succeeded in extracting ancient DNA from Mesozoic-era amber samples at the Lockwood estate by 1985. A year later, the first dinosaur was brought back from extinction on Isla Sorna, an island in the Muertes Archipelago eighty-seven miles to the southwest of Isla Nublar. Both Isla Sorna and Isla Nublar were leased by InGen from the Costa Rican government during the 1980s, Isla Sorna for research and development purposes and Isla Nublar for the construction of a de-extinction theme park called Jurassic Park.
De-extinction was made more efficient through the work of American geneticist Dr. Henry Wu, who utilized modern animals as gene donors to replace segments of paleo-DNA that had become decayed over the millions of years. This hybridization caused unintended alterations to the dinosaurs’ anatomy and physiology, most notably the occurrence of protogyny in some species. Dinosaurs were shipped to Isla Nublar beginning in 1988, populating the park. However, construction on the Park came to a halt in early June of 1993 when a worker was mauled to death by a Velociraptor during a relocation. His family threatened to sue InGen, and the company’s Board of Directors demanded that experts review the Park and endorse it before major construction could recommence. During the tour on June 11, a disgruntled employee sabotaged the Park’s security system to steal InGen trade secrets for a rival company; his attempt was unsuccessful as he did not make it to the drop-off point. As the power was deactivated, multiple de-extinct animals escaped from their paddocks; the ensuing incident resulted in several deaths, mostly of InGen employees. The Park was never finished due to the incident, and was left abandoned. Some time thereafter, the facilities on Isla Sorna were also abandoned as InGen was brought to the brink of Chapter 11 bankruptcy by more wrongful death lawsuits.
Dr. Henry Wu, the geneticist behind InGen’s genetic engineering techniques, continued his research into genetic hybridization despite the loss of Jurassic Park. By May of 1997, he and his team had succeeded in engineering a new genus and species of flowering plant, Karacosis wutansis, by combining genes from the genomes of multiple donor species. This caught the attention of Indian telecommunications mogul Simon Masrani, CEO of Masrani Global Corporation and the son of Hammond’s friend Sanjay Masrani. At around the same time, InGen deposed Hammond as President and CEO due to his failure to save the company from financial ruin; his nephew Peter Ludlow replaced him, attempting to resurrect Jurassic Park’s original San Diego location in order to avoid Chapter 11. Hammond sabotaged the attempt by sending a team to counteract Ludlow’s operation on Isla Sorna, resulting in a widely-publicized incident in San Diego which resulted in Ludlow’s death and revealed de-extinction to the public.
After the San Diego incident, Hammond and InGen helped the American government put into law the Gene Guard Act, which restricted InGen from further attempts at de-extinction and gave them obligations to provide for the wellbeing of the organisms they had already created. Hammond died by the end of 1997, with InGen still in shambles; over the following year InGen was the subject of a bidding war. The primary bidders were Masrani Global Corporation and Tatsuo Technology; in the end, Masrani Global won the bidding war and purchased InGen. Within one hundred days of the merger, InGen activity resumed illegally on Isla Sorna; more research was performed with the intention to continue the Jurassic Park project. It is unclear if Simon Masrani was aware of this activity, but there is evidence that Dr. Wu was involved. Some parts of the research that occurred on Isla Sorna during that time was filed under “Amalgam Testing,” suggesting that more research into genetic hybridization was occurring. After nine months, this illegal research was abandoned due to fears of discovery. An archived log penned by Dr. Wu in 2003 reveals that some of his research on Isla Sorna led to the accidental creation of a genetically modified organism which demonstrated to Wu that gene splicing was a greater frontier than he had anticipated.
Conceptual planning for the second incarnation of Jurassic Park began as early as 1998, likely a short time after the InGen/Masrani merger was finalized. By October 23, 1999, Simon Masrani settled on a name for the park: Jurassic World. In December of 2000, Dr. Wu was promoted to lead genetic biologist at InGen; he continued his research into gene splicing over the next several years.
InGen retook Isla Nublar in early 2002, with InGen Security now under the supervision of former American security contractor Vic Hoskins. Dinosaurs were either placed into holding pens or transported temporarily to Isla Sorna while the US $1.2 billion construction operations took place. During a press conference, Simon Masrani abruptly revealed Jurassic World’s existence, giving an opening date of the summer of 2004 (this would later be changed to 2005, an announcement which was made through a complex viral marketing campaign). The Gene Guard Act was rolled back in March 2003 following an appeal from Masrani Global officials, permitting Dr. Wu and InGen to resume gene splicing research legally and continue creating new de-extinct and hybrid species.
In 2004, scientists monitoring Isla Sorna reported an alarming population drop; this was theorized to be due to territorial behavior, disease, or other factors. In reality, a combination of poaching and InGen’s illegal activity in the late 1990s had unbalanced the island’s ecology. Masrani Global Corporation began the process of relocating the surviving dinosaurs to Isla Nublar throughout 2004, where they would be introduced to habitats where paleoveterinarians could provide them with proper care and poachers could not reach them. That year also saw the Bright Minds internship program, in which a select few college students were chosen by Simon Masrani to intern at Jurassic World during the late summer and early fall before the park was to open. These interns included Claire Dearing, who would go on to become the park’s Senior Assets Manager and Operations Manager. By the time the park opened, Isla Sorna was supposedly devoid of dinosaurs, though poaching vessels continued to appear in the archipelago and Masrani Global Corporation kept the islands heavily guarded and off-limits to the public.
Despite several incidents during construction, Jurassic World opened successfully on May 30, 2005 and saw 98,120 visitors in its first month. With twenty years of de-extinction behind them, the park’s staff was now much better prepared to provide for the organisms in their care. As a result, the park continued to operate without any major incidents. By 2007, Dearing had been promoted to a senior staff position, and by 2012 was the park’s Operations Manager as well as Senior Assets Manager.
On April 4, 2008, InGen’s Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Jurassic World needed to produce even more impressive attractions to continue drawing investors; already the park’s operating costs were creeping up on its revenue. Simon Masrani and Claire Dearing authorized Dr. Wu to look into gene splicing as a method to create the new attraction desired by the Board, essentially giving him free rein to do whatever he wished so long as it was, in Simon Masrani’s own words, “bigger, scarier, cooler.” Wu took full advantage of this opportunity to further his research.
At some point between 2008 and 2012, Head of InGen Security Vic Hoskins approached Dr. Wu with a proposal. With funding provided by Eli Mills of the Lockwood Foundation, Hoskins was interested in using Wu’s hybrid project to test the possibility of military bioengineering, using gene splicing to create the perfect military animal. Wu agreed to help Hoskins, as this direction would benefit all three men. Wu’s concerns lay with his ability to continue research as he pleased, and this would provide him with a reliable source of income should Jurassic World’s operating costs eventually overcome its revenue. Hoskins’s angle was more patriotic; a former soldier, he was all too familiar with the ways in which drone technology could be outsmarted and believed that using weapons provided by nature would turn the tides of war in America’s favor. Mills, unlike the other two, was purely concerned with turning a profit, and sought to use genetically-modified animals to add to the Lockwood fortune that he planned to eventually acquire from his employer.
2012 saw the beginning of two major InGen Security operations. One was the official start of the Integrated Behavior Raptor Intelligence Study (I.B.R.I.S.), overseen by Hoskins. This project employed former U.S. Navy member Owen Grady in the research and training of raptors, which had been set aside for classified use since 2004. Simon Masrani had hoped to learn more about the raptors’ intelligence in order to properly integrate them into Jurassic World as tourist attractions, while Hoskins instead believed that, like Wu’s hybrid, the raptors could be trained for use as military animals. Four Velociraptors were specially engineered by Wu for the project early that year; they were named, in order of age, Blue, Delta, Echo, and Charlie. The second was the successful hatching of Wu’s hybrid, a theropod dubbed Indominus rex. Two were bred in the event that one did not survive infancy, and ultimately the stronger sibling would cannibalize the younger by November 2014. The surviving Indominus was maintained in Paddock 11, far to the northwest of the island in the restricted Sector 5 where the other work-in-progress dinosaurs were kept.
By 2013, the park was considered to be at its peak; after this point revenues reached a plateau. The public was now accustomed to de-extinction. Jurassic World’s operating costs continued to climb as its dinosaur population grew past the point of efficiency, causing concern that the park might soon start to lose money. Simon Masrani had been busy with other divisions of the corporation and had not yet been able to visit Isla Nublar to see the Indominus; the animal was planned to be put on exhibit in May of 2015, but as it exhibited worrying behavioral issues, its release date was delayed first to June and then to January of 2016. I.B.R.I.S. also ran into difficulties beginning in 2013, as the growing raptors now challenged Grady for authority; despite this, Hoskins continued to request a field test in which the animals would be let out of captivity. Grady recommended that his friend Barry Sembène be brought on board I.B.R.I.S.; Hoskins granted this request.
By the end of 2014, Simon Masrani was still booked six months out; he would ultimately not reach Isla Nublar until December 18, 2015 to see the Indominus three weeks before it was put on display. Dearing had scheduled meetings with the vice-president and representatives of Verizon Wireless to discuss sponsoring the hybrid’s attraction. Dearing’s sister, Karen Mitchell, and her husband Scott had begun their divorce proceedings by this time, and opted to send their two sons to Jurassic World where they could hopefully spend time with their aunt and avoid discovering the divorce until later. The Mitchell boys traveled from Dane County Airport in Madison, Wisconsin to Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica by airplane on December 17, taking an early ferry to Isla Nublar and arriving there by midday.
The incident occurred partway through the day on December 18 and proceeded until that night.
Friday, December 18, 2015
- The Mitchell boys arrive to Isla Nublar at the Ferry Landing and take the monorail to the Hilton Isla Nublar Resort in Sector 3, just south of the Jurassic World Lagoon. They are accompanied by Zara Young, Dearing’s assistant, as Dearing is unable to meet them personally due to business obligations. She will meet them at 1:00pm; in the meantime they are given VIP passes for later, but wait in the hotel room.
- Dearing meets with the Verizon Wireless representatives at the Control Room, taking them on a tour of the Hammond Creation Laboratory while discussing, in brief, Jurassic World’s history and why they currently need more corporate sponsors. With some help from Dr. Wu, Dearing convinces Verizon’s vice-president Hal Osterly to sponsor the Indominus rex.
- At approximately 1:00pm, Dearing meets her nephews at the Samsung Innovation Center at the end of Main Street. Dearing is unable to go with the boys on their tour through the park, but promises to meet them at the hotel at 8:00 following other business she has in the late afternoon. She also promises to show them the control room tomorrow. Young takes the boys out to tour the attractions in Sector 3.
- From here, Dearing goes to the Control Room to relay the news about the Verizon sponsorship to the rest of management. The West Plains are closed due to a male Pachycephalosaurus roaming outside its zone; this is the second such incident this month, as the animals’ tracking implants short out when they butt heads. Simon Masrani arrives in his personal helicopter JW001; Dearing is surprised to see that he is flying it, and she learns from his flight instructor that he is two days away from getting his pilot’s license. They travel north toward Paddock 11.
- Upon arrival, Masrani is surprised to learn that the paddock is still under construction as the Indominus is larger than expected. Dearing briefs him on the hybrid’s intelligent and aggressive nature, and how ACU had recommended that they delay the opening of its attraction. Masrani is apprehensive based on what he learns of its behavior, but is still extremely impressed at the creature. Nonetheless, he recommends that Owen Grady inspects the paddock for weaknesses, as the I.B.R.I.S. raptors often attempt escape. Dearing is reluctant to comply, as she and Grady had previously had a short-lived romance that ended badly. In spite of her reservations she agrees to bring Grady in to inspect the paddock.
- At the raptor paddock, Grady performs a training session to a group of scientists and InGen Security personnel, including his superior Vic Hoskins. The exercise is uncharacteristically successful, with Blue stopping her attack on a small pig when commanded to do so by Grady. Hoskins is impressed, though Sembène insists despite his pride in Grady’s success that the raptors are not suitable for military use. The pig accidentally escapes while the exercise is being cleaned up, and a handler is dragged into the paddock by Echo during the struggle; Grady enters the paddock unarmed to rescue the worker. He barely escapes with his life, as the raptors attempt to kill him when they sense vulnerability. Both Grady and the worker manage to get out of the paddock alive, further impressing Hoskins.
- While near the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, the Mitchell boys manage to evade Young as she makes plans for her upcoming wedding. They attend the 2:00pm Tyrannosaurus rex feeding at T. rex Kingdom, featuring the park’s eldest theropod. While there, Karen Mitchell learns that Dearing is not accompanying the boys in the park, and calls her sister. Dearing promises to take the next day off of work to spend with the boys.
- Dearing meets with Grady at his residence. Despite the awkwardness between them, she manages to inform Grady about the existence of the Indominus; apparently he did not know about it until now. She tells him about Masrani’s wish to have him inspect the paddock, which he agrees to do.
- The Mitchell boys attend the 3:00pm Mosasaurus feeding show, then take the monorail north toward the Gyrosphere attraction.
- The Indominus claws up one of the walls of its paddock in an apparent escape attempt, though Grady would later suggest that it had made the claw marks to fool its human caretakers into thinking it had escaped so that they would enter the paddock. However, this assumes that the dinosaur had a much more in-depth understanding of human psychology and behavior than is likely from its limited interactions with them. After marking up the wall, it uses its camouflage and infrared output modulation abilities to hide.
- Grady comes to Paddock 11, meeting with Dearing and paddock supervisor Nick Letting. Grady is upset to find that the hybrid is kept in complete isolation, without any real stimulation or proper care. The Indominus, however, is nowhere to be found; the thermal scanners fail to locate it. Grady spots large claw marks on the paddock wall, suggesting that the animal has climbed out. Dearing races to her car to return to the Control Room to track it using its implant, while Grady takes the initiative to enter the paddock with Letting and a worker named Nick Kilgore. While driving back to the Control Room, Dearing calls system technician Lowery Cruthers and his coworker Vivian Krill to start the tracking process before she gets there; they are surprised to find that the Indominus is still inside the paddock. Krill attempts to warn Grady, Letting and Kilgore; the three men try to flee, but the Indominus blocks the maintenance door. Letting is the first to spot it, and as Kilgore is violently torn apart and eaten, Letting opens the dinosaur access doors to escape. Grady flees while Kilgore is eaten; he hides underneath the crane truck, using its heat to mask his thermal signal. Letting hides behind a different vehicle and is quickly located by the animal, which eats him; Grady uses gasoline to hide his scent and evades detection. The dinosaur stalks off into the jungle.
- As Dearing arrives to the Control Room, she begins to formulate a plan to recapture the dinosaur. It is moving southward, apparently toward the visitor-accessible sectors. Its implant should shock it if it gets too close to a zone boundary. Krill attempts to issue a park-wide alert, but Masrani vetoes this, insisting that they recapture the animal without causing a panic. With Paddock 11 located four miles from the closest park attraction, Dearing believes that they can accomplish this.
- A squad of eleven ACU personnel, led by Austin and Katashi Hamada, are mobilized to intercept it. They are instructed to use non-lethal methods to capture the dinosaur.
- Sembène and Hoskins learn that the Indominus has escaped. Hoskins realizes that this is a good opportunity to field-test the raptor response team; both the raptors and Indominus can have their combat applications tested simultaneously. He reaches out to his Security contacts to plan for this.
- On the northbound monorail, Gray Mitchell reveals to his older brother Zach that he has learned that their parents are divorcing. Zach fails to comfort his younger brother.
- As the tracking implant begins to shock it, the Indominus discerns the implant’s location based on memory (and likely also the physical sensation caused by the electric shock) and claws the implant out of its body.
- ACU reaches Sector 5 via the Jungle River, moving westward to intercept the Indominus using its tracking implant. They disembark their vehicles four hundred meters from the site. Grady joins the Control Room staff to watch remotely, appalled that ACU is armed only with non-lethal weapons. The Indominus hides using its camouflage abilities as ACU approaches, ambushing them. As no one other than Dr. Wu and possibly Hoskins were aware of the chromatophores in the animal’s skin, ACU was completely unprepared for the ambush and suffered heavy casualties. Commander Hamada and troopers Craig, Lee, Spears, Cooper, and Miller are among the deceased; commander Austin and four troopers including Meyers survive. After witnessing the carnage, Grady insists that they evacuate Isla Nublar completely; Dearing refuses, knowing that the bad publicity could permanently close Jurassic World. Ultimately she compromises by closing everything north of the resort in a Phase 1 Real World scenario, concentrating all the visitors in Sector 3 until the incident is resolved.
- The Mitchell boys had departed from the gyrostation in Gyrosphere 07 moments before the Real World alert was issued, so they are still out in the valley at the time the announcement is given for them to return. They assume manual control of the vehicle rather than returning when instructed.
- Masrani meets with Wu, who openly states that Masrani himself is not authorized to know what the genetic makeup of the Indominus includes. When Masrani confronts him about the dinosaur’s abilities, Wu explains that these are supposedly-unintended side effects of the animal’s gene donors and that Masrani himself authorized its creation. Masrani denies responsibility for Wu’s actions and insists that the Board of Directors will shut down Jurassic World and seize all of Wu’s laboratory materials.
- Dearing discovers from Young that the boys ran off hours ago, so she calls them immediately. The gyrosphere unfortunately has very poor reception, so they do not learn about the danger as they cannot hear her clearly. She locates them with Cruthers’s help, but as ACU is busy helping return visitors to Sector 3, she has to retrieve the boys herself. She recruits Grady to assist, and he readily agrees.
- At some point, the Indominus breaches the wall between Sector 5 and the park proper. In the Gallimimus Valley area, it slaughters a group of Apatosaurus that have never seen a predator before, and later breaks through a security gate from the Gyrosphere part of the valley back into Sector 5. Shortly thereafter, the Mitchell boys discover the damaged gate and pass through it into the restricted area. They enter the Ankylosaurus habitat, where they witness the Indominus ambush the herbivores and kill one. During the fight, Gyrosphere 07 is damaged; this leaves the boys stranded.
- Dearing calls Zach’s phone while she and Grady head to the valley using a Mobile Veterinary Unit. The vibrating phone on the gyrosphere’s overturned hull makes enough noise to draw the attention of the Indominus, which breaks apart the sphere. The boys flee, escaping by jumping over a cliff into a deep watering hole. Having lost its quarry, the dinosaur leaves in frustration.
- Grady and Dearing discover the slaughtered Apatosaurus herd. One of the animals is still alive, though mortally wounded; they comfort it as it dies. They realize that the Indominus did not eat its victims; Grady surmises that it is killing for simple enjoyment.
- With the incident now well underway, Hoskins has brought a team of InGen Security personnel to the island. Sembène witnesses their arrival and tries to warn Grady by radio, but Grady is not responding.
- Grady and Dearing discover the ruined gyrosphere with an Indominus tooth embedded in it, and Zach’s broken smartphone. They follow the boys’ footprints to the waterfall, Grady suggesting that Dearing go back to the Control Room as she is not trained in wilderness survival or tracking. Dearing, however, is insistent on taking responsibility for her nephews’ safety as her sister trusted her with them, and goes with Grady despite his protests. In the woods, they discover fresh Indominus dung, which they use to disguise their scents.
- The Mitchell boys cross through part of Sector 4, heading south through the gyrosphere valley. Here, they enter into another restricted area, this one containing the abandoned remains of the Jurassic Park Visitors’ Centre. There is evidence that the Indominus has been here recently in the form of a freshly-damaged Kawasaki Teryx4 LE and the remains of a construction worker; they shelter inside the building to keep safe from the creature. Inside, they discover old Jeep Wranglers in the garage.
- By now, the Real World scenario has progressed to Phase 2. In the Control Room, Cruthers notes that each successive Indominus attack occurs farther south than the last. Krill reasons that she can sense the body heat of over twenty thousand visitors packed into Sector 3, and is heading that way. Hoskins joins them, and insists to Masrani that the raptors be used to track down and kill the Indominus. Masrani strongly disagrees with Hoskins’s plan, and takes matters into his own hands by attaching a machine gun to JW001. Though his instructor is nowhere to be found, he takes two ACU troopers with him and heads north to gun down the creature. Krill is the last person to see them before they depart.
- Using a battery from the damaged Teryx4, the Mitchell boys start up Jeep 29 and drive it south toward Sector 3. The noise of the vehicle gets the attention of Grady and Dearing, and also the nearby Indominus, who all converge on the Visitors’ Centre garage. Grady and Dearing barely escape the building as the dinosaur pursues them; it is distracted by JW001 passing overhead, and flees west with Masrani in pursuit.
- Masrani chases the Indominus westward out of Sector 4 and into Sector 6, the troopers opening fire. The dinosaur is protected by the tree cover, which hides it for much of the chase, and also Masrani’s shaky flying which makes aiming more difficult for the troopers. The Indominus approaches the Aviary from the south; Grady and Dearing follow. As the ACU gunner opens fire, the Indominus breaks into the Aviary to save itself. Here it disturbs the Pteranodon and Dimorphodon flock; several of the pterosaurs flee from it through the hole it broke in the transparent polymer wall. Once outside, they are further panicked by JW001, which they perceive as a territorial threat and attack. Both troopers are killed in the attack, and the helicopter plummets through the Aviary dome; its fuel is ignited as it crashes, causing an explosion that frightens the Indominus and the rest of the pterosaurs out of the Aviary. Masrani is killed in the explosion. Though most of the employees mourn their CEO’s death, Hoskins realizes that this is his opportunity to take charge.
- The Mitchell boys exit the restricted area in southern Sector 4, heading southward towards Sector 3. The flock, meanwhile, first heads south from the Aviary but then wheels westward. When they pass over the boys in the Jeep, they follow it south. The tourists in Sector 3 are warned at the last minute of the approaching flock, which instinctively makes for the nearest large body of water and beings collecting food for their new nesting ground. The boys enter Sector 3 through the western Gate 5 just ahead of the pterosaurs, where Young comes to bring them to safety. Caught up in the attack, Young is snatched by a Pteranodon; the animals squabble over her until she is dropped into the Lagoon. The Pteranodon that comes after her is eaten by the Mosasaurus, and Young is caught up between them and consumed as well. Grady and Dearing, who had joined ACU in tranquilizing as many pterosaurs as possible to minimize the carnage, are reunited with the Mitchell boys as the situation is brought under some semblance of control. There are scores of injuries along with mass panic.
- Hoskins commandeers the Control Room with a squad of InGen Security personnel with the full authorization of InGen’s Board of Directors. Cruthers warns Dearing of Hoskins’s plan to use the raptors to hunt down the Indominus. More InGen soldiers arrive to the island by helicopter, taking over the raptor paddock.
- Grady and Dearing arrive at the raptor paddock to rejoin Sembène and confront Hoskins about his plan. They have the Mitchell boys with them, Dearing refusing to let them out of her sight. They accuse Hoskins of wanting a disaster like this in order to test the dinosaurs in a real combat scenario; Hoskins does not deny this, and it is clear that with InGen’s private security division given complete control by the Board, there is nothing they can do to stop it. To try and minimize the damage, Grady takes Hoskins’s offer to lead the hunt.
- Hoskins returns to the Control Room to observe the hunt from a safe location while Grady and Sembène prepare to take the raptors and InGen Security out on their hunt. Dearing remains in MVU-12 with the Mitchell boys to keep them safe. Using the recovered sample of Indominus flesh containing the tracker, they give the raptors its scent and then turn them loose to chase it down deeper into Sector 5.
- The raptors locate their target, Echo responding to the Indominus‘s vocalizations. As it appears, InGen Security waits for Grady’s signal to fire, but Grady fails to give it as he is distracted by the raptors’ non-violent interaction with the Indominus. The hybrid and Blue bark to each other, both attempting to establish authority. They recognize one another as similar animals, most likely by scent as well as their compatible vocalizations. With a more powerful creature imposing itself as an authority figure, the raptors begin to question Grady’s role in their social structure. Meanwhile, Hoskins grows tired of waiting for the raptors to attack; he gives the order to fire, which the soldiers comply with. The gunfire frightens the raptors and drives away the Indominus, which again escapes major injury due to its thick hide.
- The InGen soldiers are ambushed by the raptors, with many casualties. Hoskins, watching remotely, is horrified to see how badly his plan has gone wrong and prepares to evacuate InGen off the island. Charlie is killed during the firefight, and the surviving soldiers flee back toward the raptor paddock. With her closest packmate dead, Blue flies into a rage and attempts to kill Sembène; Grady draws her away to save his friend.
- Everyone reaches the raptor paddock, but the raptors are in close pursuit. An InGen soldier warns Dearing about the coming danger but is killed by Delta while he tries to board the MVU; Dearing drives away from the scene with the Mitchell boys still in the rear of the vehicle. Blue attempts to stop the vehicle, but is loses her grip. Delta and Echo continue to chase it down the road to Sector 3, though they are fought off by the boys; eventually the Indominus recalls the raptors to its side in the jungle. Grady rejoins Dearing on his motorcycle and they drive back to Sector 3 together. Dearing calls Cruthers, and he calls a rescue helicopter.
- Wu evacuates the lab, having his technicians pack everything up. Hoskins contacts Wu, informing him of the field test’s failure and that he has decided to relocate offsite. Wu believes that the embryos will be safe in his private laboratory; however, Hoskins predicts that the park will be permanently closed by tomorrow and he does not want investigators discovering what he and Wu had been working on.
- Tourists are now being evacuated via the Ferry Landing on a regular basis, while the injured are tended to. Employees are being evacuated via the East Dock. Cruthers opts to remain behind so that Dearing has a loyal ally in the Control Room, though Hoskins’s Security personnel are being evacuated along with the normal employees.
- Wu is evacuated from the island by an InGen Security contractor and several men via helicopter. Hoskins does not join them, which worries Wu further. He is taken off the island with a briefcase of samples while the rest of his work, including the experimental hybrid embryos, are collected by Security under Hoskins’s observation. Wu is flown northward, where he will shelter at the Lockwood estate under the protection of Eli Mills to avoid the inevitable government inquiry.
- Grady, Dearing, and the Mitchells arrive back to Sector 3 and make for the Hammond Creation Lab. There, they discover that it has already been evacuated; they meet Hoskins and several of his private security underlings removing Wu’s specimens and equipment from the building. Hoskins outlines his plan to engineer a smaller version of the Indominus to be used in military operations; before he can finish, Delta breaks into the lab. The soldiers have already left with some of Wu’s materials and so are unavailable to protect Hoskins as Delta kills him; Grady, Dearing, and the Mitchells flee the lab toward the Control Room, but are stopped by Delta; they flee out the main doors of the Innovation Center.
- Outside the Innovation Center, the group is surrounded by Delta, Echo, and Blue. The raptors await Blue’s kill order, but she does not make it. Grady manages to appeal to her using the paternal bond he has with her, and she calms down. The Indominus catches up with them, now separated from the vulnerable tourists only by the Lagoon. The dinosaur gives a kill order to the raptors, but Blue refuses. The Indominus, unable to tolerate any challenge to its authority, swats Blue into a building where she is stunned. Presuming her dead, Delta and Echo refuse the Indominus as an authority figure and revert to Grady’s authority again. He instructs them to attack the creature, and as the dinosaurs brawl, he provides support with his rifle. Dearing leads the Mitchells to safety inside the Jurassic Traders Outpost. Gray asserts that the raptors are not fearsome enough to kill the Indominus, which gives Dearing an idea. She has them continue sheltering in the Outpost as she heads toward the Paddock 9 dinosaur gates.
- Dearing radios Cruthers, who is still in the Control Room, instructing him to open Paddock 9. Despite his hesitance, he complies and opens the gates. Dearing uses a flare to lure the Tyrannosaurus out of the paddock. Meanwhile, the Indominus overpowers and kills both Delta and Echo; Grady hides with the boys in the Outpost while the Indominus searches for them. It finds them, trying to drag them out of the building. Dearing leads the tyrannosaur onto Main Street and uses the flare to direct its attention to the Indominus. The tyrannosaur, recognizing another apex predator and a threat to its territory, challenges the hybrid; the animals clash as Grady, Dearing, and the Mitchells take refuge in the Main Street shops. The tyrannosaur is wounded, but Blue recovers from her attack and attacks the Indominus in a rage over the deaths of her sisters. While the hybrid tries to toss Blue off, the tyrannosaur gets back on its feet and makes a heavy assault on its rival. This forces the Indominus toward the edge of the Lagoon, where the Mosasaurus is drawn to the commotion and ambushes the Indominus. It is dragged underwater and killed; the mosasaur will eat its lower half, leaving its upper body to rest on the Lagoon floor. The tyrannosaur, winded from the fight, heads into the forest to recover; Blue tries to return to Grady, but he does not take her back as the park will surely never reopen. Instead, he sends her into the wild, presuming that he will never be able to come back to Isla Nublar.
- Cruthers shuts down the Control Room, realizing that the park is never going to recover.
- Grady, Dearing, Cruthers, and the Mitchells are evacuated by the helicopter Cruthers called in.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
- Cruise ships arrive to the Ferry Landing to evacuate the last of the tourists. The island is free of humans by mid-morning, and all the park’s security systems are disabled. This allows the dinosaurs to roam outside of their zones, establishing a kind of pseudo-natural ecology on Isla Nublar.
- On the mainland, the wounded are tended to by Costa Rican and international medical services. Dearing ensures that the Mitchell boys are reunited with their parents. Sembène has also safely gotten off the island after being left in the northern jungle, and he and Grady assist the injured. Grady and Dearing leave together after ensuring their friends and family are safe, their feelings of attraction having been reinvigorated during the incident.
Unlike prior incidents, which mostly happened behind closed doors, the Jurassic World incident happened during normal park operation and was immediately visible to news outlets around the world. Over twenty thousand visitors were present on the island at the time, including some celebrities such as Dr. Jack Horner and Jimmy Buffet; in particular, Buffet was present on Main Street at the time of the pterosaur attack. In the era of social media, anyone with internet access would have learned almost immediately that something had gone wrong on Isla Nublar.
The heavily-publicized nature of the incident generated stupendous amounts of bad press which led to the permanent closure of Jurassic World. Countless people would have lost their jobs, and Masrani Global Corporation suffered the most severe financial crisis in its history. COO Richard Wiesner issued an urgent memo to employees and investors advising them that he and the Board were handling the fallout of the incident and to keep faith in the company. However, the death of Simon Masrani meant that Masrani Global Corporation would never be quite the same. Its progressive visionary leader gone, the corporation lost its animal-rights stance and essentially abandoned Jurassic World’s inhabitants in an effort to save face by distancing itself from anything to do with de-extinction. This decision was almost certainly heavily influenced by a class-action lawsuit filed against Masrani Global Corporation by the victims of the incident.
InGen would attempt to further the I.B.R.I.S. Project at an offsite location in Chile, despite the loss of its most valuable assets (including both specimens and employees). InGen also lost its most valuable asset overall, Dr. Henry Wu, who hid from the authorities at the Lockwood estate with the help of Eli Mills. In late December, the U.S. government held a public testimonial about the incident, at which Claire Dearing spoke. She urged the public to refrain from taking out its collective anger at the animals, but rather on the persons responsible for the bioethical misconduct that led to the incident. In particular she singled out Wu and InGen Security, but with Hoskins dead and Wu nowhere to be found, little could be done. Dearing avoided suffering legal consequences from the incident, most likely due to her open cooperation with the U.S. government’s investigation.
During the trial, a paper trail was discovered which led to the discovery of corruption behind the 2003 rollback of the Gene Guard Act; InGen higher-ups had engaged in acts of bribery to encourage the U.S. government to weaken the law and allow continued de-extinction research. The truth behind the ecological crisis on Isla Sorna in the early 2000s was revealed by an anonymous hacker, further exposing the corruption rampant in InGen. These revelations led to the arrests of several Masrani Global Corporation employees, who were implicated in the illegal acts.
In March of 2016, the U.S. government opened up official inquiries into bioethical misconduct perpetrated by InGen and Dr. Wu. While Wu was unable to represent himself due to still being on the lam, several Masrani Global employees willingly came forward as whistleblowers providing evidence that acts of bioethical misconduct had been committed. That same month, U.S. Congress opened a separate inquiry into any possible violations of the Gene Guard Act committed by InGen between 1997 and 2003. The federal authorities raided Wu’s laboratory facilities, seizing his specimens to prevent him from continuing to develop Indominus and other hybrid specimens. Found guilty of bioethical misconduct, Wu was stripped of his credentials.
Now without the title of Doctor or any of his hybrid embryos, Wu was left with only the specimens he had brought with him to the Lockwood estate. Mills and Wu were both still determined to continue development of the Indominus bloodline, but with all remaining samples in possession of the government, there was only one remaining accessible source of Indominus DNA. In June of 2016, Mills hired a team of mercenaries to retrieve a bone sample from the hybrid animal’s skeletal remains at the bottom of the Jurassic World Lagoon. During the operation, heavy casualties were sustained and the Mosasaurus was unintentionally released into the canal leading to the ocean; despite these setbacks, the bone sample was successfully brought to Wu. Using this, he increased the proportion of Velociraptor DNA in the genome in the hopes that this would yield an animal with better social skills. The resulting creature was dubbed Indoraptor; a prototype specimen was developed by 2018. This fulfilled the plans that Wu and Hoskins had made years before, to create a smaller and more manageable creature for military or paramilitary use.
Wu was far from the only former InGen employee whose life was drastically altered by the fallout of the incident. Claire Dearing, once a high-powered manager of the world’s most profitable theme park and research facility, was now unemployed. She was financially well off enough that this was not an immediate concern, and she spent some time traveling the West Coast with Owen Grady. Their relationship dwindled over time, having been stoked mostly by the harrowing experience the incident had brought on them both. Eventually, their fighting led them to break up, and Dearing briefly moved in with the Mitchells in Wisconsin before getting an apartment of her own. Dearing’s view on animal rights was drastically affected by the incident, leading her to develop the Dinosaur Protection Group based in San Francisco, CA by March of 2017. Upon its origin it already had around thirty volunteers, including former offsite Jurassic World IT worker Franklin Webb and hopeful paleoveterinary student Zia Rodriguez. The two of them, along with Dearing, headed the organization. Thanks to their efforts, de-extinct animal rights became a major political issue in the United States and worldwide.
Throughout 2017, Mount Sibo in the north of Isla Nublar showed signs of becoming active for the first time since the 1520s. This was of great concern to the Dinosaur Protection Group, as an eruption would mean the death of nearly all Isla Nublar’s inhabitants. Over the next year, they lobbied government offices and non-governmental organizations to gain support for a rescue mission to Isla Nublar, the aim being to relocate all the dinosaurs to a safe haven. Masrani Global Corporation denied assistance, still intending to avoid any association with de-extinction. The United States government, which became increasingly anti-science between 2015 and 2018, also showed reluctance to help. Some help was promised by the Costa Rican Department of Biological Preserves, the only governmental organization to offer support.
Despite attempts at lobbying, the U.S. Senate announced on June 22, 2018 that they would allow the extinction of Isla Nublar’s inhabitants on the grounds that it was a privately-owned island and not the government’s concern. The decision was influenced by the testimony of Dr. Ian Malcolm, survivor of the 1993 and 1997 incidents; Dr. Malcolm firmly believed that, while the dinosaurs had rights as living things, they could never be allowed to coexist with humans. This sentiment was also felt by many members of the public, and by some non-governmental organizations such as Extinction Now!
In the meantime, Wu’s prototype Indoraptor was deemed a failure as it lacked the emotional attributes of a pack animal. Wu determined that this was a result of the animal lacking familial bonds. He requested that Blue, the last surviving Velociraptor antirrhopus masranii and the only one to show high levels of empathy, be retrieved from Isla Nublar to act as a surrogate mother for the next generation of Indoraptors. Eli Mills, not completely understanding what Wu meant, agreed to retrieve Blue. Mills had already sent a mercenary team headed by Ken Wheatley to Isla Nublar via the S. S. Arcadia to capture as many dinosaurs as they could; his intent was to auction them off on the black market in order to finance Wu’s research and add to the Lockwood fortune. Benjamin Lockwood himself was unaware of the auction plans and believed that the dinosaurs were instead being relocated to an island sanctuary where they could live in safety. Wheatley was already working on Isla Nublar before the government’s non-action decision on June 22, but Lockwood was likely unaware of this. Immediately after the announcement of the government’s decision, Lockwood called Dearing to invite her to his estate and explain to her the plan to rescue the dinosaurs.
The supposed rescue operation took place the following day, on June 23. Dearing managed to recruit Grady for the operation as he was more familiar with Blue than anyone else. The eruption of Mount Sibo occurred on the same day, and was followed by the Lockwood Estate incident on June 24. This would ultimately release a handful of dinosaurs into the forests of Northern California, as well as the acquisition of at least five other dinosaurs and an entire set of preserved embryos by various black-market buyers.