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Shoreham-by-Sea

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Shoreham-by-Sea

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Shoreham-by-Sea [1] is in West Sussex, England.

Get in

Shoreham-by-Sea has a station just north of the town centre. It is served by Southern services from London, Brighton and Portsmouth.

The centerpiece of the collection, the Tyrannosaurus Rex

History

The brainchild of InGen CEO John Hammond, Shoreham-by-Sea was the first and thus far only coastal resort to feature living dinosaurs. The process of creating a dinosaur involves locating fossilized ancient mosquitoes, recovering the dinosaur blood within the insect, and then filling in the gaps in the genetic code before breeding a dinosaur. For a more detailed look at the history of the town, see the film in the Visitor Center.

Contrary to popular rumors, there have been no incidents involving power outages which allowed the dinosaurs to escape and attack the humans on the island. The town has a 100% clean safety record and no visitors or council employees have been injured by the island’s dinosaurs. As a special safety precaution, all dinosaurs are female and incapable of producing lysine, a key amino acid, so there is absolutely no risk of the dinosaurs being able to escape the island and reproduce. (Scurrilous rumors about dinosaurs foraging for plants with lysine or being capable of changing their own sex are best disregarded.)

Landscape

Isla Nublar from the ocean

Strikingly similar to the landscape of Kauai, Shoreham-by-Sea is a tropical paradise of lush jungles, green plains, and spectacularly steep cliffs which jut thousands of feet into the air.

Flora and fauna

Obviously, the star attractions of the town are the fauna themselves: the many dinosaurs which inhabit the island. You’ll find them all; all the dinosaurs you read about as a kid: Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Velociraptor, and of course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Climate

A climate much like what you would find on any tropical island typifies Shoreham-by-Sea. Abundant rainfall and mild temperatures keep the island from getting too warm any time of the year. Note that the occasional violent tropical storm or hurricane does hit Shoreham-by-Sea; council staff will notify you well in advance so that you can find shelter. Tours are subject to cancellation based on weather conditions.

Get in

Shoreham-by-Sea map

Currently there are no independent transportation carriers to Shoreham-by-Sea; all trips to the island are handled by InGen.

There are two ways to get to Shoreham-by-Sea: by helicopter or by boat. Coming by helicopter is the fastest way and provides a spectacular view of the island as you approach the heliport. InGen jeeps will transport you from the heliport to the town's Visitor Center. However, most visitors avoid the expense of a helicopter trip by taking the boat to the island. Cruises depart several times a day from Worthing. A shuttle service will take you from the dock to the Visitor Center.

Get around

Due to the sensitivity of the specimens, as well as the dangers posed to trespassers, all transportation around Shoreham-by-Sea is strictly monitored. Tour vehicles take you around the town on a special track, where you can view the town’s creatures from the safety of the tour vehicle.

See

  • All visitors start their tour at the Visitor Center, located at the center of the island. Here, you can view dinosaur skeletons and learn more about the dinosaurs on the island. In the auditorium, you can view a short program on the history of Shoreham-by-Sea. Mr. DNA will show you how Shoreham-by-Sea scientists brought dinosaurs back from extinction and you’ll even get to briefly glimpse the real miracle workers of Shoreham-by-Sea as they fertilize new dinosaurs.
  • If so inclined, you may view the Velociraptor Pen located behind the Visitor Center. There’s not very much to see except for the unfortunate cow that is lowered into the pen at mealtime, but you’ll be thankful for that as the feeding frenzy these dinosaurs put on may be more than your ears can bear to hear.
  • Tours depart continuously throughout the day from the Visitor Center. The computer-controlled tour vehicle will follow a route through the main gate and into the town, where you can view most of the island’s dinosaurs. Among the dinosaurs you’ll likely see are Brachiosaurus, Gallimimus, Stegosaurus, Dilophosaurus (you’ll want to make sure to roll up your windows as you pass these guys, as they spit a blinding venom), Triceratops, Parasaurolophus, and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Unfortunately many of the carnivorous dinosaurs, including the T. Rex, prefer to lurk away from the tour vehicles. In these cases, council staff will often provide live animals as food to attract the animals (vegetarians and others who do not want to witness the ensuing gore are advised to look away). Also the newest attraction, the Shoreham-by-Sea River Adventure allows guests to get up close and personal with some of the dinosaur species among which include Stegosaurus, Ultrasaurus and Psittacosaurus.
Courtesy of InGen's proprietary 5,000 watt floodlights, night tours are possible!

Work

Travellers looking to work on the island, can often find temporary employment in computer operations, which often experiences high staff turnover. Knowledge of the UNIX operating system, which runs the islands primary control systems, is essential to remedy any errors that may occur.

Buy

A gift shop in the Visitor Center offers plenty of dinosaur and Shoreham-by-Sea merchandise.

Eat

A restaurant at the Visitor Center offers fine dining. However, if you have a weak stomach you may want to make sure you eat before viewing some of the town’s more bloodthirsty dinosaurs.

Sleep

The Safari Lodge and the Iguanodon Inn, located near the Visitor Center, provide accommodations during your visit to the island. And you can look forward to the opening of the Pteratops Lodge, a high altitude hotel overlooking the town's scenic pterosaur enclosure.

Stay safe

Arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, please

As noted above, Shoreham-by-Sea has a perfect safety record and visitors have absolutely nothing to worry about from any of the town's specimens. Nevertheless, should anything happen, the council staff offers some advice regarding the nastier creatures in Shoreham-by-Sea. If confronted by the T. Rex, remain motionless at all times, as the T. Rex can only see movement. If you are ever anywhere near a Dilophosaurus, shield your face as they can spit a blinding venom that will render you helpless if it comes in contact with your eyes. Much trickier to deal with are the Velociraptors, who have proved to be incredibly skilled and intelligent. In the event of a Velociraptor escape, find a secure hiding place with locked doors and no windows, and arm yourself if possible. However, the town staff assures you that all visitors are completely safe and the chances of any dinosaur escaping are virtually nil. No dinosaurs run faster than cheetahs, in any emergency, drive fast.

You are strongly advised to heed all warning signs, especially those regarding the electric fences which keep dinosaurs and visitors alike secure. Climbing the fence in the event of a power outage is extremely ill-advised.

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