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Friday, July 1, 2011

turtles? really?

So Jen is now in Europe enjoying a 10 day "field trip" with her classical mythology class.

She left from Logan Airport, in Boston -- she goes to school in New England.

She didn't know any of her fellow travelers until she met them at the orientation program a few weeks ago. But the child who is not afraid to fly to Italy for 10 days with a group of strangers was nervous about flying from New York to Boston alone. So I flew up to Boston with her, and spent the afternoon in the city before flying home again.

So Wednesday morning Jen and I headed over to the JetBlue terminal at JFK for a short flight to Logan. And found out there'd be a slight delay in our plans because of an "earlier incident" at JFK. 15 minutes, not terrible.

It wasn't until I was flying home later that I caught the news report:


Love is in the air at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. More than 150 turtles crossed over an active runway and disrupted air traffic on Wednesday so that they could continue their mating season.
The diamondback terrapins were trying to get to an ideal location to lay their eggs. That's a sandy area that happens to be across Runway 4, according to Carol Bannerman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The turtles were primarily female, and the fertilization of their eggs occurs in the water, she said.

More about the turles

Flights were temporarily halted at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Wednesday morning after about 150 turtles ambled onto a runway.
JetBlue first tweeted news of the slowdown: "JFK is experiencing delays as the airport clears turtles off the runway."
Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said flights were delayed only about 15 minutes.
A photo provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday shows turtles captured for relocation at New York's JFK airport.
“We had about 150 turtles coming out of the bay this morning," said Marsico. "They crossed the runway to a sandy beach area to lay their eggs."
The diamondback terrapin turtles were gathered on runway 4L, plus nearby taxiways, starting at about 6:45 a.m., NBC affiliate WNBC-TV in New York reports.
The turtle migration occurs annually at the airport, which is located near Jamaica Bay. The turtles typically head out of the bay to nest on the beach each summer. Marisco added that "staff has been out there since quarter to 7 this morning relocating them.”
Allison Steinberg, a JetBlue spokeswoman, said the airline saw no significant delays. "All traffic was moved onto a different departure runway and we are seeing very little impact now.

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