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Jfk TurtlesThis is some serious turtle power: A posse of diamondback terrapins marching across a JFK runway this morning delayed some JetBlue flights, according to the airline’s Twitter feed, and this isn’t the first time the slow-moving critters have interrupted New York City air traffic.

The reptilian culprits, which hail from nearby Jamaica Bay, also caused a ruckus at JFK in July 2009, when 78 of them sauntered across a runway in search of mating spots, according to the New York Times.


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The invasion shut down one runway for about 30 minutes that morning and contributed to flight delays as long as an hour and a half. Eventually, Port Authority collected the half-shells and drove them back to Jamaica Bay, where they had more space to hatch the next generation of intrepid turtles.


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Perhaps this is just another example of Mother Nature enacting revenge on air travelers: Geese have become a common hazard in the skies, so much so that New York City officials opted to rid Brooklyn’s Prospect Park of all the birds last year; and in October 2010, rabbits were blamed for chewing through soy-based car wiring in long-term parking lots at Denver’s airport.

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