Isla Sorna: Site B (S/F)

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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. 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.

Conflicting Evacuation Date
During the scene between Hammond and Malcolm in The Lost World: Jurassic Park it is suggested Sorna was abandoned sometime shortly after the Nublar Incident and left that way for four years without any interference. In one of the scripts it’s stated that Sorna had been abandoned for about 24 months or so. After JP///’s props were being auctioned off an approximate date of InGen personnel abandoning Site B was supposedly moved to be after the date of May 22, 1994 due to a movie prop that cannot be spotted anywhere in the film and from the concept when the Spinosaurus was supposed to be the Baryonyx. The way the line is read in the scene between Hammond and Malcolm in the second film reads as the island has been “…for four years I have kept the island safe from outside interference…” and ergo says to us Sorna was evacuated shortly, possibly, after the Isla Nublar incident or ceased operations after the Nublar Incident. The fact that the prop is from an earlier time and not seen in the film leaves that matter entirely dubious.

Notable Locations on Isla Sorna

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 considered debatable canon due to a contradictory nature present in the island’s topographical features and the final product seen by Kelly Curtis within the Mobile RV Lab’s Primary Trailer. This map was in fact colorized at one point, but made grey to show the topographical features better. 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 Sorna map will be ever genuinely correct with movie moments placed on it due to the speculative nature of such a project. The new map, to the left and above, 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.

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. Unknown Marginocephalian (?)
  21. Maiasaura peeblesorum (?)
  22. Muttaburrasaurus langdoni (?)
  23. Edmontosaurus annectens (?)

Note: It’s believed that Isla Sorna may have most of Isla Nublar’s animals still like Baryonyx walkeriMetriacanthosaurus shangyouensis, Proceratosaurus bradleyi, Herrerasaurus ischigualastensis, and Segisaurus halli; however, there is no evidence to confirm these claims. The reason for this logic is that Isla Sorna is the factory floor of the entire Jurassic Park project.

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