Isla Sorna: Site B (S/F)

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Satellite image of Isla Sorna from Eddie Carr’s GPS.

Located 207 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Isla Sorna is surrounded by the Five Deaths (Las Cinco Muertes) known as Isla Matanceros, Isla Tacaño, Isla Pena, and Isla Muerta. Sorna was leased from the Costa Rican government by InGen in 1982 and was utilized as the factory floor and research site for the project. Work began on the San Diego project in 1983, which eventually lead to the selection of Nublar in 1985 for reasons largely unknown to further InGen’s agenda with creating a theme park. So far it is believed that only John Hammond and Henry Wu (aside from the higher-ups in InGen) knew about Isla Sorna. The first dinosaur InGen produced was a healthy Velociraptor hatchling bred in 1986 at Isla Sorna. The first adult animals were transferred from Sorna to Nublar in 1990, while the park was still under construction.

Topographic map of Isla Sorna from Eddie Carr’s GPS

This was a clear advantage of having the theme park closer to the research station. San Diego would have been a further haul clearly. The lab on Isla Nublar was slowly being turned into using a “step-by-step” process on how to clone the dinosaurs for the visitor’s to see and therefore, they would be directly cloned at Jurassic Park: Isla Nublar. As technology advanced it would require less equipment than what was on Isla Sorna to clone the dinosaurs. It’s possible Sorna could have slowly became a research facility for the animal’s behavior and experiment with the version numbers there. After the evacuation with Isla Sorna (InGen’s Site B) Hammond stated that there were clearly “…dozens of species interacting with one and another…” and were left to their own ends when Hurricane Clarissa hit. This strongly implies there are more or less species than the species you see on Isla Sorna. So theoretically the list for this island can always be changing and introducing more dinosaurs with more movies as there is no determined amount.

Sorna was protected by a multi-national coalition, with security spearheaded by InGen ACU teams on the ground. However, poachers have been known to occasionally stalk the island in search of rare trophies to sell to collectors on the black market; there have even been a few incidents on the Costa Rican mainland due to the mishandling of illegally captured specimens. 100 days after the acquisition of InGen by Masrani Global in 1997, Masrani Global began using the island’s Embryonics facility to produce several new species including a Spinosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Corythosaurus. The secret activity on the island, which Simon Masrani may or may not have known about, lasted nine months, and was filed under “Early R&D for Jurassic Park’s second incarnation.” Masrani Global would later return to Isla Sorna to pillage the island of its inhabitants for the initial phase of Jurassic World. This sent many of the dinosaurs territories into disarray, and caused several species to go extinct. It is unknown how many dinosaurs of each species is left on the island after this.

Current Fate of Isla Sorna according to Dinosaur Protection Group

Notable Locations on Isla Sorna

Isla Sorna (Site B) Dinosaur Inhabitants

  1. Compsognathus “triassicus” (*)
  2. Stegosaurus stenops “gigas” (*)
  3. Brachiosaurus brancai (*)
  4. Dilophosaurus “venenifer” (*)
  5. Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis
  6. Mamenchisaurus sinocanadorum
  7. Parasaurolophus walkeri
  8. Gallimimus bullatus
  9. Tyrannosaurus rex
  10. Triceratops horridus
  11. Velociraptor “antirrhopus nublarensis” sensu Paul (*)
  12. Velociraptor “antirrhopus sornaensis” sensu Paul (*)
  13. Pteranodon longiceps “hippocratesi” (*)
  14. Pteranodon longiceps/Geosternbergia(Pteranodon) sternbergi (?)
  15. Spinosaurus aegyptiacus “hammondi” (*)
  16. Corythosaurus casuarius
  17. Ankylosaurus magniventris
  18. Ceratosaurus nasicornis
  19. Apatosaurus excelsus
  20. Microceratus gobiensis
  21. Unknown Marginocephalian (?)
  22. Maiasaura peeblesorum (?)
  23. Muttaburrasaurus langdoni (?)
  24. Edmontosaurus annectens (?)
  25. Carnotaurus sastrei
  26. Baryonyx walkeri
  27. Iguanodon bernissartensis
  28. Diplodocus (sp?)

(x -Genus Name-) – Hybrid
(?) – Debatable or formerly a subject of debate
(*) – Modified Scientific Name only for the purposes of this project.

Isla Sorna Maps
This map is from the original prop believed to be produced shortly before the ending was changed for the ending San Diego sequence. The final Isla Sorna we see undergoes another topography as well as scaling change after the map we see here. To make the matter more confusing is that this map was seen at the travelling exhibit, “The Dinosaurs of The Lost World & Jurassic Park” and runs in conflict to the island’s topographical features of the final product seen by Kelly Curtis within the Mobile RV Lab’s Primary Trailer.  Also note the Embryonics Administration is in fact, not named, but the worker town is. Again this map was produced before the ending of San Diego sequence was fully realized and way before the concept of the third sequel was even created.

sornaWhile this map presently isn’t 100% accurate it does serve the purpose of possible placement of events by lining up the topography and geographical features of the island, but the problem is no Isla Sorna map will ever be genuinely correct ever unless it takes into account both events of the second and third movies and comes from Universal itself. The movie moments placed on this map are highly speculative due to the nature of such a project undertaken to do a fan made “correct” map. The new map, to the left, is modified from the map Kelly views in the trailers, the thermal signatures map of Hammond’s, and the best detective work possible.

For a full on analysis please visit our Isla Sorna Map (S/F) – Notes and Annotations article.