Captain Travers is technically the first character the hero meets. The captain is piloting the ferry to Vivosaur Island and informs you of the attractions to be found there. In an attempt to make conversation, he asks the hero about his favorite type of Vivosaur. Depending on the Vivosaur you pick, the hero gets a different appearance.
Captain Travers is encountered for the last time near the end of the prologue. He is fought during the Fighter's test in order to obtain a Fighter's License. When you beat him, you will receive a leg fossil of the previously mentioned Vivosaur. You can't revive it yet, but you can keep it in the meantime. Other fossils of this type do not appear until later in the game, at the earliest, Chapter 1, with V-Raptor.