Turtles on Runway at JFK Airport Disrupt Flights, Join Twitter
More than 150 diamondback terrapin turtles disrupted air traffic at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Wednesday as they tried to find the perfect spot to lay their eggs — in the middle of the tarmac. JFK is surrounded by bay and wetland areas, and apparently there’s a sandy spot the turtles like that’s right across from Runway 4.
After the turtles were spotted, they were gathered up and moved to a less-perilous location to continue nesting. “This happens every year,” said Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico. “I guess some years there is more turtle activity.”
It didn’t take long after the news broke before some creative soul opened @JFKTurtles on Twitter and began replying to those talking about the situation.
“When you are gearing up for the moment, you don’t really think about your personal safety. You know?” they told @nymag.
“We take humpday to heart,” they tweeted at @thedailybeast.
The account currently has over 6,000 followers, and airlines such as JetBlue are playing along: “Oh @JFKTurtles, we could never stay mad at you … Glad you made it to your honeymoon spot safe.”