Make Way For Turtles of the Day: Some 100 diamondback terrapins caused mild delays at JFK this morning after shutting down Runway 4 Left during their annual trek across the airstrip in search of “sandy spots to lay their eggs.”
“[T]here is an ideal location on the other side of Runway 4L,” said Port Authority spokesman John P. L. Kelly. “They come out of the water and cross the runway to lay their eggs in the sand.”
Wildlife specialists moved the turtles to “a part of the airport where they can keep traveling west, but in a safe direction,” according to assistant state director for New York wildlife service Allen Gosser.
Naturally, it was only a matter of time before the turtles took to Twitter to react to the brouhaha surrounding their ritual:
Meanwhile, Jellyfish in Scotland shut down a nuclear power plant.
[cityroom / mashable / reuters / image: ap via csmonitor.]
I won’t lie - I have a huge soft spot in my heart for turtles. My family and I rescued one as a kid, which I kept until it could be released, so I think that’s part of it, but A’Tuin left a mark as well.