Currituck Sound

Outer Banks North Carolina


Estuary Habitats, like salt marshes and mangrove forests, are filters. When water flows through, it filters pollutants such as herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals out of the water. It also brings in nutrients. Estuaries and surrounding wetlands are also buffer zones. They stabilize shorelines and protect coastal areas, inland habitats and protect mainland from floods and storm surges from hurricanes. They also protect streams, river channels and coastal shores from excessive erosion caused by wind, water and ice.

Currituck Sound Wildlife

The marshes and forests of the sound are temporary habitats for a number of birds, including Canadian geese, ducks, swans, and even egrets and herons. There are also otters, nutrias, white tailed deer, raccoon, rabbits and squirrels.

What feeds into Currituck?


The sea level is rising around currituck, causing flooding and major issues. If more isn't done to help stop it, the towns and the entire sound may end up a part of the ocean.