On Wednesday dozens of flights were delayed in New York International Airport John F. Kennedy, some 150 turtles looking for a place to lay their eggs having taken possession of a track, aviation authorities said.
The first turtles appeared on the track around 6:45 am and their numbers increased significantly during the three hours that followed.
The annual migration of turtles (Malaclemys terrapin) is a problem for the security of JFK, which is built on the edge of Jamaica Bay and a federally protected park. Process takes place late June and early July, The peak of the turtle trouble usually lasts a few days, Marsico said.
The main concern is for the turtles themselves, Marsico said. He said crews were loading the turtles into pickup trucks and giving them rides to the nesting beaches.
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