The Turks and Caicos flag features a blue ensign with the British Union Jack in the top left corner. The coat of arms of the territory in the centre. The coat of arms depicts a conch shell, a spiny lobster, and a cactus over a sea turtle on a yellow shield. The blue color represents the sea and the sky. The conch shell, spiny lobster, and cactus are symbols of the local wildlife and vegetation. The sea turtle represents the historic relationship of the people of the islands with the sea. The Union Jack acknowledges the British influence on the territory.