Pamlico Sound

Sound in North Carolina


Along the North American East Coast

Importance Of Estuaries!

Estuaries are important natural places. They provide goods and services that are economically and ecologically indispensable. Estuaries provide vital nesting and feeding habitats for many aquatic plants and animals.

Animals Found in the Sound!

Dolphins and sea turtles are abundant, with occasional visits by seals such as fin whales, and orcas are present off Outer Banks and Cape Hatteras. They also sports a variety of fish populations including red drum, speckled trout, flounder, striped bass, croaker, etc....


Pamlico Sound is connected to the north with Albemarle Sound through passages provided by the Roanoke Sound and Croatan Sound. Core sound is located at the Pamlico's narrow southern end. it is fed by the Neuse and Pamlico rivers from the west and by Oregon Inlet, Hatteras Inlet, and Ocracoke Inlet, which also provide passage to the Atlantic Ocean.

Threats to Sound

Endangered species such as leatherback turtles, great white sharks, and basking sharks are also known to visit the sound as well.
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