Fri, Jul 01, 2011
Diamondback Terrapins Had To Cross Runway To Get To Nesting
About 150 diamondback terrapins making their way to prime
nesting grounds had a barrier in their way ... Runway 4 at JFK
Airport in New York. When they began to cross the runway about 0645
EDT Wednesday, traffic on that runway was shut down until they
could make the journey.
Carol Bannerman of the USDA told CNN that the sandy areas that
are near the runway are ideal for nesting and fertilization of the
reptile's eggs. Port Authority spokesman Ron Marisco said it
happens every year, but some years there are more turtles than
This year, though, the turtles went viral. Within 8 hours,
@JFKTurtles had nearly 3000 followers on Twitter.
The FAA has not released data on how many flights were delayed
by the crossing. FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said Runway 4 is not
often used during the summer due to prevailing winds.
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