By: Vivian Hornstein
An Introduction to Estuaries
But when you stop and think about it, estuaries are a very important piece in keeping our environment healthy. They provide goods that both help the economy and the environment. And on top of that, estuaries filter out sediments and pollutants from rivers & streams before the water hits the ocean. They are just something that we just can't get rid of.
Typically called nurseries of the sea, they contain many different species of wildlife. From birds such as the Great Egret or the Blue Heron, to shellfish such as hermit crabs and clams, to grasses like smooth cord grass, sea grass, and spike grass.
Estuaries contain many beautiful wonders. You just have to know which one is the most beautiful. And that my friends, is the Croatan Sound.
Quick Facts: Croatan Sound
Croatan Sound is about 4-6 miles wide, so it looks more like a river than anything. It's native wildlife is the cormorants, pelicans, ibises, egrets, and herons. So if you're lucky, you might catch sight of one or two of these beautiful birds resting in the water. It connects Pamlico Sound with Albemarle Sound which are two other very beautiful sounds.