A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning. The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs. They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.
A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land." 150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below). Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.
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