Kennedy airport takeoffs disrupted by turtles’ mating ritual

NEW YORK (AP) — Mother Nature is delaying some travelers at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport — and the weather has nothing to do with it.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says nearly 400 diamondback terrapin turtles have laid eggs and built nests in the area around the airport this year. Some of the turtles wander into the paths of airplanes preparing to take off.

The turtles’ normal habitat is the nearby Jamaica Bay salt marshes.

Port Authority wildlife experts say the turtles also feel at home in the sand along the airport perimeter.

The slowpoke visitors are rounded up and returned to their safe habitat. Meanwhile, some travelers just have to wait.

The annual mating season peaks in July. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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