The headline of an AP article about turtles flocking to JFK airport in search of a place to lay their eggs is: “NYC airport invaded by turtles, delaying flights.”
According to the article, this happens every year during this time. “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.”
But they didn’t invade the airport, the airport invaded their home. Animals do what they do, and they’ve done it since the beginning of animal time. It’s instinct and one measly international airport isn’t going to stop these turtles from doing what they have to do whether it delays a flight or not. It just goes to show no matter how much humans build buildings and bridges and tunnels (and airports) to try to modify the world for our convenience, you just can’t beat mother nature – it only takes 150 little turtles to stop a plane.
Here’s the story about the cute turtles: “About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York’s Kennedy airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.The slow-motion stampede began about 6:45 a.m., and within three hours there were so many turtles on Runway 4L and nearby taxiways that controllers were forced to move departing flights to another runway.
“We ceded to Mother Nature,” said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport.
Workers from the Port Authority and the U.S. Department of Agriculture were scooping up turtles and moving them across the airport, he said. Flight delays averaged about 30 minutes, the FAA said.”
Read the rest: “NYC airport invaded by turtles, delaying flights.”