The Turtles Invade NY

Who needs a plane to fly?Not since the beatles sang for adoring fans at Shea Stadium in 1965 has New York seen an invasion like this. This time the culprits are the turtles.

Sadly it’s not the band, but the slow, methodical creature that has won every race against rabbits since the beginning of time. They’re also vagabonds that carry their home on their backs as well as making a great home made soup. Although faster than an S-Car (hey look at it go!), turtles are still too slow for air travel.

The Metro UK has all the details on our plodding friends.

A runway at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was shut down on Wednesday morning, after at least 78 turtles invaded the tarmac.

Ground crews eventually rounded up the wayward reptiles, which had crawled from a nearby bay, and deposited them back in the water farther from airport.

But that wasn’t enough to stop the turtle incursion disrupting JFK’s flight schedule, and contributed to delays that reached nearly 1 1/2 hours.

The invasion began unfolding, slowly, at around 8:30 a.m., when an American Eagle flight crew reported seeing three turtles while taxiing for departure.

Before long, a chorus of pilots was radioing the tower to report turtles either on the end of a runway that juts out into the water, or approaching on the grass.

The FAA halted flights for about 12 minutes shortly before 9 a.m. while some of the turtles were cleared away, then quit using the runway entirely after getting new reports of ‘massive numbers’ of turtles on the tarmac, Peters said.

There have been no recent reports of turtle strikes causing any damage to an airplane.

Why did the turtles cross the tarmac? Because they were late for their flight.


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