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Offline klkm

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Turtles on runway JFK
« on: July 08, 2009, 06:04:48 PM »
NEW YORK (CBS) ―

A runway at New York City's Kennedy Airport was shut down Wednesday morning after 78 turtles emerged from the bay and crawled onto the tarmac.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says grounds crews rounded up the wayward reptiles in about 35 minutes and deposited them back in the water, further from airport property.

The shutdown disrupted flight schedules, though, with delays climbing to nearly 1 1/2 hours.

Pilots reported the first turtle sightings at around 8:30 a.m.

The Port Authority identified the turtles as Diamondback Terrapins. They appeared to be about 8 inches long and weigh 2 to 3 pounds each.

According to the Department of Natural Resources, the Diamondback Terrapin is native to coastal marshes, estuarine bays, lagoons, and creeks ranging from Cape Cod to the Gulf of Texas.

Not much to listen to but starts on the Jul-8-2009-1230Z recording. 



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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009, 09:50:20 PM »

Turtles Audio

"They usually only come on land to lay their eggs.  You should NEVER bother a turtle laying eggs!"
http://pelotes.jea.com/AnimalFact/Reptile/terrapin.htm

Note: There were 78 turtles so I don't think all the audio is here. Just the first wave.
« Last Edit: July 09, 2009, 08:42:05 AM by kea001 »

Offline migma

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2009, 10:58:56 PM »
Thanks for the clip kea, been monitoring this a few hours back. I agree, it went on for a long while.. probably 30-45 minutes. Cheers!

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2009, 12:21:47 PM »
Someone piped in with "suffering succotash "

Offline snipper_cr

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2009, 12:43:37 PM »
Heh heh, thats funny. I know it probably caused headaches but you could even tell the pilots and controllers were getting a chuckle out of it.

"Any turtle traffic?"

Seemed like everyone was seeing turtles everywhere!
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Offline jeffcyn

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2009, 11:22:31 AM »
Very funny to listen to but I'm sure it was frustrating for the controllers.  The best is Delta 503 around 4:30, "I think he's running". 

Too funny!!   :lol:

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2009, 12:52:49 PM »
It might have been Raphael and friends going for Pizza!!

Splinter taught them to look both ways before crossing streets, not up.  :wink:
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Offline justmegarry

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2009, 06:06:56 PM »
 :-o that was a a clip thks.Made my day

Offline athaker

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Re: Turtles on runway JFK
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2009, 09:37:20 AM »
The best is Delta 503 around 4:30, "I think he's running". 


I agree...I started cracking up when he corrected the controller there.