Dozens of flights were delayed at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport last week after about 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac, according to AP and Official Wire reports. The parade of slow-moving diamondback terrapins invaded the airport at around 6.45am on Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs. One runway and nearby taxiways were forced to close, with departing flights moved to another runway. The US Federal Aviation Administration said that flight delays at JFK averaged around 30 minutes.
The turtle migration happens every year at JFK, as the airport is built on the edge of a protected turtle breeding ground.