Pamlico Sound

the largest sound along the North American East Coast

The Pamlico Sound Today

Extending 129 km (80 mi) long and 24 to 48 km (15 to 20 miles) wide, the Pamlico Sound is part of a large, interconnected network of lagoon estuaries. Located in between the outer banks and the NC coast, this estuary hold lots of importance because of the amount of living organisms and natural resources we obtain from this estuary. Dolphins, sea turtles, and occasional visits by seals are commonly found in the Pamlico, as well as some whales and even great white sharks. Oregon inlet, Hatteras inlet, and Ocracoke inlet are all connected to the Pamlico sound, and provide passage to the Atlantic ocean.