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Randy Turtles Shut Down JFK Runway

Mating turtles cause shell of a problem
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 12:21 PM CDT
Sex-Crazed Turtles Shut Down JFK Runway
Turtles crawling to breeding grounds shut down a runway at JFK airport.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Apparently, nothing can stand in the way of a turtle's libido—not even a 747. Turtles crawling to breeding grounds across a tarmac at JFK airport have forced the shutdown of a runway several times this week, delaying flights, reports the New York Post. "Running over turtles is not healthy for them," says a Jet Blue rep. "Nor is it good for our tires."

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"The sandy spot on the other side of Runway 4L is ideal for egg laying," says an airport spokesman. "It is a naturally provided turtle maternity ward. When your airport is virtually surrounded by water, your neighbors sometimes come in the hard shell variety." A runway at JFK was also closed in July 2009 when 78 turtles crawled from nearby Jamaica Bay. (Read more turtles stories.)

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