Wednesday, July 8, 2009

If it's not Canadian geese then it's turtles delaying flights at JFK

Hey, kid, need a job? Photo: Tony the Misfit

"First, it was Canadian geese that caused transportation problems at New York City’s JFK Airport. Today, it was… turtles.

It was a beautifully sunny day here in New York City, so it came as somewhat of a surprise when I heard the alert that flights were delayed at JFK… until I learned the reason.

Seems like dozens of turtles–diamond black terrapins, to be specific–were feeling randy, and their runway love fest caused delays of up to 1.5 hours. Wonder how pilots notified their passengers about that news.

JFK, which is bounded by a bay on one side, actually seems to be a haven for wildlife. According to the New York Times City Room blog, 78 turtles were ultimately removed from the runway safely and returned to a safe place."

text and photo via MatadorPulse

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