No, these weren't the turtles that stopped planes at JFK. (Alan Markfield/New Line Cinema)

Update: Turtles run free.

From the Associated Press:

About 150 turtles crawled onto the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday in search of beaches to lay their eggs, delaying dozens of flights, aviation authorities said.

The slow-motion stampede began about 6:45 a.m., and within three hours there were so many turtles on Runway 4L and nearby taxiways that controllers were forced to move departing flights to another runway. Read more here.

Original post:

Those waiting for a JetBlue flight out of New York’s JFK airport may be grumbling at delays a bit, but this excuse totally gets my pass. The airline can’t take off because turtles have taken over the runway. Is this the most adorable delay possible? I want to see the workers shooing (most likely very, very slowly) the turtles off the tarmac.

JFK is experiencing delays as the airport clears turtles off the runway. #cantmakethisup (Check flight status at jetblue.com.)less than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet ReplyJetBlue Airways
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@BrianYarvual Diamondback Terrapins. Though... there are rumors some of the turtles are of the ninja variety/subspecies.less than a minute ago via CoTweet Favorite Retweet ReplyJetBlue Airways
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Of course, the requisite Twitter feed has already started to provide us with the other side of the story:

Now why did the Turtle cross the runway?less than a minute ago via Twitter for Mac Favorite Retweet ReplyJFKTurtles
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And just because I’ll take any flimsy reason I can to watch this video again, here you go: