North Carolina Estuaries

by Kyle Riggs

Currituck Sound

Currituck Sound is located in the Northern Outer Banks of North Carolina, off the coast near Elizabeth City.

The importance of Estuaries

Estuaries provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable. Often called nurseries of the sea, estuaries provide vital nesting and feeding habitats for many aquatic plants and animals.

Wildlife Found in Currituck Sound

Some of the animals that live in Currituck Sound include swans, egrets, herons, raccoon, and rabbits.

Rivers, Streams, and Waterways that feed into Currituck Sound

1. Northwest River, North

2. Landing River

3. Knotts Island Channel

Threats to NC Estuaries

Estuaries are harmed by changes to the land bordering and surrounding the estuaries and by contamination of river and ocean water