Estuaries: Pamlico Sound

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Importance of estuaries; wildlife

Pamlico Sound stretches from the borders of Dare County Mainland all the way to the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Pamlico Sound and all the other estuaries are very important because they support a variety of life forms. Over two thirds of all fish we eat spend some time of their lives in estuaries all over the world. They also act as a barrier for minor floods. Some wildlife includes: sea turtles, basking sharks, red drum, blue crab and killer (orca) whales.

Tributaries; threats

the Neuse River, Pamlico River and Tar River all feed into Pamlico Sound, which makes them tributaries of the Sound. Some threats of the Sound is altering the landscape that borders it, dredging canals for boats (it stirs up unwanted mud and invades the wildlife), and, obviously, human made toxins cause pollution to the waters and harm the wildlife.