Pamlico Sound

Leslie Abella


Pamlico Sound stretches from the borders of Manteo and the Dare county Mainland all the to Portsmouth Island and the Cape Lookout National Shore.


Organisms found here are dolphins, sea turtles, harp seals, fin whales, and red drum fish.

Importance of estuaries

Estuaries provide critical habitats for species that are valued commercially, recreationally, and culturally. They provide stopovers for migratory bird species and are often the economic centers of coastal communities.They are also important centers of transportation and international commerce.

Threats and Facts

Toxic chemicals, erosion and sedimentation, habitat loss, and excessive nutrients are problems that Pamlico Sound is faced with. Oregon inlet, Hatteras inlet, and the Ocracoke inlet all feed into the Pamlico Sound.