Whether you live near a beach or you’re heading to the shore this summer, you’ll likely notice different colored flags displayed high above the sand. For example, do you know what a purple flag means?
Purple beach flags indicate dangerous marine animals in the water. That could include jellyfish, stingrays, and potentially harmful fish.
The last thing you want is to recreate a scene from Jaws while you’re on vacation, so paying attention to these flags is important! Before you step into the water, they can alert you to any potential hazards you could face while swimming.
Seeing a purple flag doesn’t necessarily mean you have to stay out of the water. But, you should exercise caution if you decide to take a dip and consider keeping small children out until the flag is removed. But honestly, do you really want to take your chances in a battle with a jellyfish?