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Dozens of Turtles Delay Flights at JFK Airport

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    Turtles Delay Flights at JFK

    Several planes were delayed at JFK because of turtles on the tarmac. (Published Sunday, July 9, 2017)

    Some flights at Kennedy Airport were briefly delayed by turtles.

    About 40 diamondback terrapins crawled out of Jamaica Bay and onto the airfield at about 4:45 p.m. Friday, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.

    Authority spokeswoman Cheryl Albiez told the Daily News that some planes "were briefly stuck in queue" while the turtles were being rounded up.

    The turtles' annual migration takes place from June to mid-July.

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    Port Authority wildlife specialists collect the animals that wander too close to the runway and release them to safer areas.

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