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Jurassic World: One Year Later

By Michael Winston

 

 

A year ago Jurassic World, a five star tourist destination that saw nearly 8 million people annually, fell in to chaos. Survivor Sally Benton remembers the event clearly, as if watching a movie.

“They just came down on us. A huge… flock of them, straight at us.”

It’s been a year since the devastating events that took place on Isla Nublar, and thousands of families are still feeling the effects.

“Every day,” says Sally, tears in her eyes. “We’re reminded every day, because he’s no longer with us.” As she referred to her husband and father of two Robert Benton, whose life ended protecting his young daughter from one of Jurassic World’s escaped animals.

Specific details are still sparse, but from press releases and insider information from various individuals a picture has begun to emerge.  At some point in the late morning of the day of the incident a large carnivorous dinosaur of some kind had escaped its paddock, causing the death of several Jurassic World employees. Many have speculated that this animal was the previously announced Indominus rex, a new attraction that was set to open in June of 2015, although no official confirmation has been made by Masrani Global or International Genetic Technologies (InGen) representatives.  The animal then proceeded to cross the island, unbeknown to many of the park guests. At some point in the afternoon the creature broke in to the park aviary where subsequently hundreds of animals known as pterosaurs escaped and owner of Jurassic World Simon Masrani died. The pterosaurs then flew towards the main resort area causing havoc, injuring and killing hundreds of visitors. All the while the unknown carnivore continued its rampage across the island breaking through several enclosures allowing for other types of dinosaurs to be released.  Park visitors sought refuge as the Animal Control Unit and InGen Security Division attempted to subdue the escaped animals and get a handle on the situation. It wouldn’t be until late that night before the ships would come to take the gathered survivors back to the mainland.

There were approximately 22,216 visitors on the island of Isla Nublar that day, as well as the parks several thousand regular staff members.  Hours after the primary evacuation a secondary rescue team was sent to Isla Nublar to retrieve any remaining survivors they could find. About a hundred people are, to this day, still unaccounted for and presumed dead.

“It’s not giving up hope, it’s just being realistic,” Michelle Cruz said whose father, Danilo Cruz, was an employee of Jurassic World. Danilo has been missing since the evacuation. “If they haven’t found him by now it’s unlikely that they ever will.”

Since the incident InGen and military taskforces have been present on the island. The UN held an emergency meeting shortly after the event last year, deciding the immediate control of the island. Newly appointed CEO of Masrani Global Edward Regis pleaded to let the InGen Security Division help with the recapture of escaped animals and search for missing people on Isla Nublar.

“We have an obligation to make sure that this incident remained contained to that island,” Mr. Regis said when asked for a comment after the UN meeting. “It is our responsibility, and we must do our share.  Our first priority obviously is to continue searching for remaining survivors. But we also need to makes sure that we do not have a repeat of what happened in 1997 or 2001.” Mr. Regis obviously is referring to the ’97 incident in which InGen, at the time with now late Peter Ludlow as CEO, brought a Tyrannosaurus rex to the mainland in hopes of opening a Jurassic Park destination in San Diego, as well as the 2001 incident following the rescue of Dr. Allan Grant, his assistant William Brennan, and the Kirby family when a trio of Pteranodons escaped the island of Isla Sorna.

On top of the extra security around Isla Nublar, security has increased around the island chain known as Las Cinco Muertes (“The Five Deaths”,) most notably around Isla Sorna which was the main manufacturing center for the original Jurassic Park as well as Jurassic World.

Outside of the rescue and maintenance teams though the UN has ordered to cease all other activity on the islands. The future of InGen and Masrani Global has also been called in to question. Masrani Global, while continuing their other operations in telecom and oil is no doubt feeling the heat, as stocks have drastically dropped. InGen’s security division has been the target some major scrutiny because of their poor management of the incident on Isla Nublar. Certain individuals, as well, are being closely investigated. Among those are Jurassic World’s Senior Assets Manager and Park Operations Director Claire Dearing.

“Why wasn’t the park shut down, and an evacuation ordered sooner?” asks a Jurassic World survivor who wished to remain anonymous. “If there was a breakout the evacuation should have happened immediately.”

“I’m sure Ms. Dearing did everything she could.” Mr. Edward Regis says in defense of the Operation Director’s actions. “In the coming months I’m sure the evidence will state as much. This was very unfortunate accident and our prayers and thoughts are still with the victims and their families.”

Claire Dearing was unavailable for comment.

The future of the “assets” themselves raises some questions as well. Today we find ourselves, essentially, in the same place we were before Simon Masrani obtained InGen and the islands from the late John P. Hammond. We have two islands with genetically recreated prehistoric animals, amongst other things. A trusted source from inside InGen gave details that Dr. Henry Wu, the lead geneticist of InGen (who too has been missing since the incident last year, and is presumed dead) was having his teams work on many more side projects other than just assets, and InGen is also known for creating new technology. All of these projects and undocumented/unreleased technology are sitting in a proverbial limbo at the moment, and what happens to them is unknown.

“And let’s not forget,” says University of California, Berkley professor Dr. Richard Levine, “the hundreds of fossil specimens they’ve collected. InGen had their own private paleontology teams and house the specimens they find somewhere. How many rare specimens do they have or even holotypes? Species and specimens that they have simply not published on. They also had twenty different living prehistoric species on Nublar alone, and we know from past instances that they have many others. What’s going to happen to them, and these fossils?”

Dr. Levine has been one of a few scientists who are petitioning to have the fossils as well as all data on the recreated animals to be made public, something that Dr. Wu and InGen never allowed.

More details about what specifically happened on Isla Nublar are bound to come into the light during the coming months, as official trials are set to begin in October. These trials will help determine the future of Masrani Global, InGen, and the individuals involved, as well as how the assets and islands are dealt with, along with the lawsuits from thousands of victims.

Regardless of the outcome of the trials it is unlikely that the gates of Jurassic World will ever be open to the public again. An incident that eerily echoed events that took place on the same island twenty two years before hand may finally be the end of a once great empire.

 

 

 

“Jurassic Park”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “Jurassic Park ///”, “Jurassic World” are Trademarks of Universal Studios, Legendary Pictures, and Amblin Entertainment.

Based off Characters Created by Michael Crichton and Scott Ciencin.

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Excerpt from Chapter 3 of Dr. Ian Malcolm’s book God Creates Dinosaurs.

Random House, New York. 2000.

Game Theory in a Dinosaur Infested World

We’ve established that systems change over time; that’s evolution. It’s natural and inevitable. These changes are initially unpredictable, and therein lays the chaos. But as they evolve into more complex organizations they begin to form a kind of sociology. This happened among humans, animals, insects, and even plants. Now, it is even happening among the dinosaurs on the islands in the Pacific controlled by InGen. This development and growth of social behavior and decision making is falling under a branch known as Game Theory.

The animals on the islands have developed a specific social behavior with each other as well as the native Central American species. And the rate at which they have developed these relationships is an extreme advancement in the evolution of animal sociology. Most of the species of dinosaurs on the islands are not only from mixed continents, but mixed eras as well. Each animal’s genes evolved to fulfil its economic niche millions of years ago.  Now, they are being forced to evolve at a rapid rate in body, social structure, and ultimately in intelligence, in order to survive in this new world. This example is just scratching the surface of the many problems these animals face when first brought into the modern world.

InGen’s raptors are a prime example. They are arguably one of the most radically affected animals manufactured by InGen. First of all, the genetic recreation process has obviously disrupted their natural physiology. It is now commonly known through paleontology that some/most raptors indeed did have feathers. These raptors do not. We know that the DNA of the prehistoric animals of Jurassic Park has been tampered with by Dr. Henry Wu when he naively added the inclusion of amphibian DNA to fill in the sequencing gaps when InGen was initially creating them. Along with a lack of feathers, these creatures are much larger than that of the true Velociraptor mongoliensis (but other hypotheses, such as Dr. Ellie Sattler’s proposal that the InGen raptors aren’t true velociraptors at all and are actually large Deinonychus antirrhopus or Achillobator giganticus.)

Furthermore, beyond physical changes, these animals show mental changes as well. Advanced animals such as dromaeosaurs, need proper guidance that is crucial during early stages of development. It’s when they learn to how to hunt, to act as a pack, and how they live and nest. Proper parenting was NOT supplied to the raptors (or for any of the animals for that matter) during their growth on Isla Sorna or Isla Nublar. As a result the InGen velociraptors were forced to teach themselves, and thusly the have become highly aggressive towards any other animals (especially humans,) and even their own kind- often fighting and even killing one another for dominance, food, or sometimes for sport. Back in the Cretaceous, Velociraptors presumably had very refined social structure. Scientists believe that as individuals these animals likely relied heavily on one another, with strong bonds being made-a pack–much like wolves or lion prides today. While the InGen raptors have seemingly retained the pack hunting mentality on the islands, all other keystones are absent. Instead they are developing their own new system, through trial and error. And do to the complexity of this new system they have not been, and probably will not be, understandable. The raptor’s structure may seem barbaric and very “tooth and claw,” but it seems to be servings these animal’s means of survival quite well apparently. We have no way of predicting the extent, limits, or future of their sociology- due to the fact that it’s still being developed. When Game Theory is applied to biology it’s all about how organisms react to a situation, and success is determined by the actions of both itself and others. To insure success, the raptors have to develop a community system among their selves that’s both a hybrid of what is in their genetic makeup and what insures that they will survive.

This eventually applies to the overall ecology of the islands. Each species on the islands has had to compensate for what is wrong or absent. The herbivores now have to make up for these highly aggressive, smart carnivores that live in packs as well as the off scale predator to prey ratio.  Some of these animals wouldn’t even encounter one another if they were living in their native time. Then we throw them into this new world without as much as a second thought, and disrupt everything embedded in their makeup. Everything is undone to them, and they have to build everything from instincts and social behavior from scratch. To live in their new world, they have to be on the ultimate learning curve.

And it appears as though they are. The fact that the animals on the islands are seemingly adapting at such an incredible rate is both amazing, and dangerous. If they are learning this fast, soon enough they will be some of the smartest animals in the world. Humans do not even adapt this fast. If InGen’s prehistoric creatures continue this fast pace adapting how can we possibly have the slightest idea of what to expect will happen to us as a species because of it?

God Creates Dinosaurs, by Dr. Ian Malcom, is available at all major book retail stores, for $25.98.

“Jurassic Park”, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park”, “Jurassic Park ///”, “Jurassic World” are Trademarks of Universal Studios, Legendary Pictures, and Amblin Entertainment.

Based off Characters Created by Michael Crichton