The 2016 Isla Nublar incident was a brief series of events which took place on the Costa Rican island of Isla Nublar (site of the closed-down Jurassic World theme park) at an undisclosed date during June 2016. During the incident, a team of mercenaries hired by Lockwood Foundation financial manager Eli Mills at the behest of disgraced geneticist Henry Wu arrived to the island in order to retrieve a DNA sample of the extinct hybrid theropod species Indominus rex. The mission was a success despite the loss of three technicians.
The DNA sample retrieved was utilized by Henry Wu to continue research into artificially-created genera, in particular continuing the lineage that began with the Indominus. The next step in its evolution, a genus called Indoraptor, was eventually brought to the prototype stage, though a finalized version was never created. This incident is also known for having unintentionally released an adult female Mosasaurus maximus into the Pacific Ocean.
Between 1988 and 2015, International Genetic Technologies operated de-extinction theme parks on Isla Nublar, including the failed Jurassic Park (1988-1993) and the successful Jurassic World (2002-2015). The latter, overseen by InGen’s new parent company Masrani Global Corporation, opened to the public on May 30, 2005 and operated without major incident until December 18, 2015. Over the last three years of its operation, Jurassic World’s lead geneticist Dr. Henry Wu pioneered research into genetic hybridization as a means for the artificial development of new genera; he had already proven it possible during his earlier work with InGen culminating with the creation of Karacosis wutansis in 1997. During the late 2000s and early 2010s, he moved on to animal trials. The fruit of his labor, the Indominus rex, was designed between 2008 and 2012 and two animals were hatched in 2012. Though only one survived, he considered the result a success.
InGen’s Head of Security Vic Hoskins, backed by Lockwood Foundation manager Eli Mills, also influenced the development of the Indominus with the intent to use it as a military animal. Its physiology was designed for combat environments, a fact which Jurassic World’s Operations Manager Claire Dearing and Masrani Global CEO Simon Masrani were not informed about. This secrecy led to corporate mismanagement and the animal’s escape on December 18, 2015. Dearing and Masrani attempted to recapture the escaped creature, but as its attributes were poorly understood, it evaded capture and caused emergency situations across the island. Multiple staff deaths resulted from the incident, including Hoskins and Masrani. The Indominus was killed late that night in a risky plan orchestrated by Dearing which resulted in the animal being ambushed and drowned by the park’s Mosasaurus, which resided in the Jurassic World Lagoon.
Due to the incident, Jurassic World closed permanently, and Henry Wu’s research was put under investigation by the U.S. government. He was found guilty of bioethical misconduct and stripped of his credentials, his laboratories raided and all Indominus samples confiscated. However, Wu had been evacuated by Hoskins’s Security personnel during the night of December 18 and evaded the authorities with the aid of Eli Mills. Masrani Global Corporation attempted to distance itself from de-extinction to avoid further bad press, leaving Isla Nublar abandoned (though it did remain under government watch until late 2017 or early 2018).
Henry Wu remained at Benjamin Lockwood‘s estate, almost certainly without the knowledge of the estate’s owner, with a small group of geneticists who remained invested in his research. While Hoskins had intended for military bioengineering to serve the United States Armed Forces, Mills’s interests were solely about profit. With Wu still a wanted man, the United States government would no longer be a viable customer, so Mills intended to sell to other entities. Wu’s research was to continue in the way he and Hoskins had originally intended, with the creation of a smaller and more manageable version of the Indominus. This, of course, presented a problem; Wu no longer possessed any samples of the Indominus genome as the U.S. government had seized them. There was still one possible source left: the remains of the animal which had been dragged into the Jurassic World Lagoon. If the mosasaur had left any scraps behind, a sample could be taken and used to engineer the next step in the lineage.
Mills, using Lockwood’s vast monetary resources, assembled a team of mercenaries. Their names are almost all unknown at this time, but their callsigns are known. The team included a miniature submarine pilot and operator (collectively Marine One), a systems technician (callsign Land One; his first name is believed to be Jack), and a Bell UH-1H-BF Iroquois with a crew of five including the pilot and copilot (collectively Air One). The mosasaur was presumed to have starved to death as it had not been fed in six months, so the team would in theory be safe to enter the Lagoon.
At an unknown date in June 2016, the operation was carried out. The minisub and Iroquois were most likely dispatched from a boat anchored in international waters near Isla Nublar. At the time, a severe storm was affecting the island, making it easier for the operation to avoid government surveillance. The time of day, along with the date, which the operation took place is unknown; it is often assumed to have occurred at night, but the dark conditions may have been due to the storm.
Unknown day, June 2016
Unknown time of day
- Marine One enters the Jurassic World Lagoon via the Lagoon’s outflow canals. The security gate is opened by Land One by means of hacking the park system from a maintenance alley off of Boardwalk West. Air One has landed on the boardwalk directly, waiting for the retrieval.
- Marine One locates the remains of the Indominus; the skull, ribcage, and right arm are still intact; the ribcage is overturned and the parts are detached, but appear otherwise in good condition. A foot-long cutting of the 5th left rib is taken and attached to a lifting bag, which floats it to the surface. The mosasaur, which is alive despite being deprived of food, is disturbed from its sleep by the lifting bag and descends to investigate the minisub.
- With the sample having reached the surface, Air One moves out into the Lagoon and retrieves it, storing the rib in a secure container to keep it safe. Air One then returns to Boardwalk West to pick up Land One once the Lagoon gates are closed.
- As Marine One moves to leave the Lagoon, the mosasaur experimentally chews on the minisub to test whether it is edible; this investigation kills both Marine One crew members.
- Land One abruptly loses contact with Marine One. As they need to leave the island quickly to avoid detection (by the authorities or by dangerous animals), Land One opts to close the gate whether Marine One has made it out or not. As the closing sequence begins, Air One spots an approaching animal and attempts to warn Land One. Due to communication difficulties Jack does not recognize the danger until the dinosaur, a Tyrannosaurus rex, is very close to him. The dinosaur roars in order to scare him into running so that she can chase him down the boardwalk; Air One flees, but drops a ladder to try and rescue their comrade. As he flees, he drops his tablet; it is crushed by the tyrannosaur as she chases him and the gate closing sequence stalls at 54%.
- The chase continues to the edge of the Lagoon at the end of Main Street; Jack manages to jump to the ladder at the last second. The tyrannosaur also grabs the ladder in her jaws and engages in a tug-of-war with the Iroquois; as the helicopter is in danger of stalling, Air One almost decides to cut the ladder and sacrifice Jack to make their own escape, but the ladder breaks between Jack and the tyrannosaur before they take action. The team is now free to leave the island unhindered.
- As the Iroquois heads eastward over the Lagoon, the mosasaur spots Jack dangling from the ladder and recalls her training in Jurassic World. She had been trained to leap for food that was dangled out over the water for her, so she performs this same trick and consumes Jack. The force of her bite immediately breaks the ladder, so the Iroquois is not hindered in its escape from the island. Air One, the only surviving division of the team, radios back to base that they have the sample and are headed home.
- Air One leaves Isla Nublar heading west. The mosasaur, having fed but still starving, heads into the outflow canal in search of new food sources.
This incident chiefly resulted in two major outcomes: the creation of the Indoraptor and the release of the Mosasaurus into the Pacific Ocean. With a sample of Indominus DNA back in his possession, Henry Wu was able to continue his hybridization research; two years later, he would have successfully created an Indoraptor by increasing the proportion of Velociraptor DNA in the Indominus genome. While this genus never made it past the prototype stage, Wu’s intent was to build off of the discoveries made in InGen’s I.B.R.I.S. project to better understand and thus manipulate the Indoraptor‘s behavior. In preparation for this next generation of Indoraptor, Wu requested that Mills also retrieve the most empathic (and only surviving) I.B.R.I.S. Velociraptor, a specimen named Blue, two years after the 2016 incident. This operation in 2018 was a part of a greater dinosaur-extraction project orchestrated by Mills and mercenary leader Ken Wheatley which was intended to fund further Indoraptor development.
The release of the Mosasaurus was an unintended result of this operation, but thus far has had relatively little impact on the wider world. The Lagoon’s gates were stalled at 54% closed when the wireless connection between Land One’s tablet and the Jurassic World controls was lost; this allowed marine life to travel in and out of the Lagoon via the outflow canal system. The mosasaur had not been provided food in six months, so its only food sources would have been animals it was able to catch from the water. As a security fence had been raised up around the edge of Main Street sometime between the fight with the Indominus and the park’s abandonment, the area from which it could hunt was restricted further; it was likely starving by June 2016 and so immediately took advantage of the opportunity to venture forth into the ocean. Since then, the mosasaur has been sighted near the Hawaiian Archipelago and New Zealand, where it has posed a threat to human and animal life; there is also evidence it has attacked whales and whaling vessels in the Pacific since its release. However, as it is only one animal, there is only so much damage it can do.