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Turtles occupy JFK airport runway

About 150 diamondback terrapin turtles occupied runway 4L at New York’s Kennedy airport today for several hours as they searched for a beach to lay their eggs. The Wall Street Journal reports:

“We ceded to Mother Nature,” said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport…Flight delays averaged about 30 minutes, the FAA said. The migration of diamondback terrapin turtles happens every year at Kennedy, which is built on the edge of Jamaica Bay and a federally protected park. In late June or early July the animals heave themselves out of the bay and head toward a beach to lay their eggs.”

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Turtle image credit: Matthew Pearson

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