KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (AP) — Lifeguards on a beach in North Carolina’s Outer Banks have posted a new purple flag that is adorned with images of a jellyfish and a stingray.
The Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday that the flag serves as a warning when the sea creatures are nearby.
The purple flag expands warnings to swimmers beyond the red banner that’s already flown when rip currents are present.
A yellow flag also warns of heavy shore break or dangerous currents.
Purple flags are a common maritime warning.
But David Elder, supervisor of Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue, said he asked a local business to add images of the creatures to be more specific.