Pamlico Sound

by Alexius Haden

background on the sound

The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound is located in North Carolina and is the second largest estuary in the United States. Estuaries have been called the "nurseries of the sea" because the protected environment and abundant food provide an ideal location for fish and shellfish to reproduce. Most commercially important fish species spend some part of their life cycle in estuaries. More than 150 species of fish and invertebrates live in North Carolina estuaries. a few of them include Migratory birds, including tundra swans, sea ducks, and snow. Three different inlets, Oregon inlet, Hatteras inlet, and ocacoke inlet feed the sound. They are also managing the threat of rising water.