Pamlico Sound

The largest estuary in North Carolina!


Located along the east coast of North Carolina.

Importance of Estuaries

Estuaries are important because they provide economic, cultural and economic benefits to communities.

Living Organisms Found in the Pamlico Sound

  • Dolphins
  • Leatherback Turtles
  • Seals
  • Fin Whales
  • Basking Sharks

Rivers, Streams, Waterways

Some rivers that lead into the pamlico sound are the Chowan, Roanoke, Pasquotank, Tar-Pamlico, and Neuse.


Some threats to the Pamlico sound are fertilizers polluting the sound, sediments bringing toxic materials into the sound, and people, that are moving near the sound, damaging habitats.