Albemarle and Pamlico sound (2022)

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Pamlico Sound

Pamlico Sound is part of a large interconnected network of lagoon estuaries. It is a body of water separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks. There are seven sounds making up the whole: Albemarle Sound, Currituck Sound, Croatan Sound, Pamlico Sound, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, and Roanoke Sound.

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Second only to the Chesapeake Bay, the Albemarle-Pamlico Sounds is at the top of the list for largest estuarine systems. It drains over 30,000 square miles between two states, five major river basins - Chowan, Roanoke, Pasquotank, Tar-Pamlico, and Neuse - and a number of beaches, marshes, and bottomland forests. To cover the Sounds' entire region, one would cross more than 9,299 miles of freshwater rivers and streams and over 1.8 million acres of brackish, estuarine waters. Wind-driven tides and relatively shallow water characterize its seven sounds - Albemarle, Currituck, Croatan, Pamlico, Bogue, Core, and Roanoke. The region's rivers are an intricate part of habitat life as well, as they provide spawning grounds for striped bass, shad, herring, and other fish that live in the oceans but migrate up freshwater rivers to spawn. What's Distressing the Fisheries? The estuary represents the region's key resource base through commercial fishing, tourism, recreation, and resort development. It is one of the cradles of the ocean's harvest, with more than 90% of all commercially important finfish and shellfish depending on its waters. It's believed that overfishing is a major caused of declining fish stocks. Downward trends in commercial landings of finfish species may an indication of these declining stocks.Eight commercially and recreationally important species of finfish and shellfish are believed to be endanger of severe depletion: Atlantic croaker, Atlantic sturgeon, Eastern oyster, red drum, striped bass, summer flounder, weakfish, herring. Other possible reasons for fisheries declines include habitat loss, physical damage, natural events and cycles, excessive harvest pressure, changes in stream flows, and water quality degradation.

Striped Bass questions and answers. (2004)

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Pete Kornegay, anadromous fisheries coordinator with the North Carolina WildlifeCommission, provides answers to some frequently asked questions about striped bass stocks and striped bass fishing in general. Kornegay has been working with striped bass for more than 26 years. His role in helping to restore striped bass stocks in North Carolina earned him "Biologist of the Year" honors from the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies in 1999.

1. What is the status of the Roanoke River/Albemarle Sound striped bass stock?

The Roanoke River/Albemarle Sound striped bass stock is in very good condition. Not only is the population very abundant, but we are now seeing good numbers of older fish in the population. This is a sign that our management strategies are allowing some fish to live longer and reproduce several times before being caught.

2. When did striper stocks bottom out? How do those numbers compare to today's striped bass stocks?

Our estimates of striped bass abundance indicate that the population was at its lowest point in the mid-1980s, around 195,000 fish. Beginning in the early 1990s, the numbers of striped bass rose steadily and by 2002, leveled out at around 2 million fish.

3. How much more can Roanoke River striped bass stocks improve?

We still have room for improvement in the age composition of the population. Having good numbers of the 30- to 40-pound female striped bass is really like having an insurance policy in case something goes wrong. Striped bass are notorious for having cycles of good and bad reproductive years. If we maintain a good percentage of the older fish in the population, their reproductive potential will assure that the stock can rebound should we have a back-to-back series of bad spawning years.

4. To what factor(s) do you attribute the recovery of Roanoke River striped bass?

Implementation of proper water flow conditions in Roanoke River during the spawning season and a significant reduction in harvest at a time when the stock was on the verge of collapse.

5. Is this information being applied to other rivers in North Carolina that historically supported larger striped bass populations than they do now?

Yes. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently completed a Fisheries Management Plan for North Carolina's coastal striped bass stocks. The lessons learned on the Roanoke River will be used as a framework for restoring striped bass stocks in the Tar, Pamlico, Neuse and Cape Fear rivers.

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6. Are striped bass like salmon in that always make spawning runs up the same rivers where they were born? Or is it possible that a striped bass born in the Roanoke River will migrate up the Cape Fear River after it matures?

Most striped bass return to their river of origin to spawn. We call this "natal river fidelity". But occasionally, a striped bass tagged and released in Roanoke River will be caught from the Tar or Neuse rivers a couple of springs later.

7. Why does the Commission use a slot limit for Roanoke River stripers? Why not just use the simpler minimum-length limit?

During our springtime harvest season, striped bass are so concentrated in the Roanoke River that we have to take extraordinary precautions to make sure they aren't overfished. The protective 22-to 27-inch slot limit is one measure that we use to make sure that large numbers of female striped bass aren't harvested. In addition, we time the harvest season (March and April) to coincide with the period when mostly male striped bass are present (they migrate upstream first). Our combination of seasons, creel and length limits results in about 80 percent of all striped bass harvested in the Roanoke being males between 18 and 22 inches.

8. How is the striped bass creel limit determined? With striped bass stocks recovering, is there any chance the creel limit will be increased so anglers fishing the Roanoke can take home more striped bass?

Since the early 1990s, we have operated the striped bass harvest seasons for the Roanoke River and Albemarle Sound under a "Total Allowable Catch" (TAC) plan which is the total poundage that can be safely harvested without jeopardizing the population. Originally, the TAC was quite low. In fact, it was an 80 percent reduction of historical harvest. As the population recovered, the TAC was gradually increased. In 1993, the TAC for the Roanoke River/Albemarle Sound area was 117,600 pounds and, for 2004, the TAC will be 670,000 pounds. With regards to hook-and-line creel limits, fishery managers have to take into account the TAC for a particular year, the expected duration of the harvest season, and the intensity of fishing pressure.

There's no doubt that many anglers would like to take home more fish, but because the striped bass population appears to have leveled out now and because the number of anglers participating in the fishery grows each year, increasing the daily creel limit seems unlikely.

9. Last year, we saw heavy springtime rains and associated high water on the Roanoke River. Anglers seemed to catch many more large striped bass (25+ pounds) last year too. Is it true more striped bass and larger striped bass made spawning runs up the Roanoke River last year?

We believe that the numbers of larger, older striped bass in the stock are increasing. High flows on the Roanoke River typically result in striped bass migrating as far upstream as they can, concentrating in the Roanoke Rapids area. On "normal flow" years, striped bass are much more spread out, and the larger fish, especially, locate themselves in rocky portions of the river where they are much less vulnerable to being caught. Last year, the high flows placed the larger striped bass in areas where they don't usually reside, and these areas also happened to be where they were easily caught by anglers.

10. Conversely, did the drought of 2002 account for what was perceived to be an "off-year" in Roanoke River striped bass fishing?

Exactly. The lack of flow in 2002 resulted in very few striped bass migrating upstream to traditional spawning areas. As one angler put it, "They were strung out from one end of the river to the other."

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11. Would you comment on what striped bass anglers might expect on the Roanoke River this year?

Catches of striped bass in the Roanoke River are totally dependent on river flows and water temperature. Both of these factors are weather-driven so there's really no way predict how the season will progress. The extreme low flows of 2002 followed by the extreme flooding of 2003 illustrate how variable conditions can be from year to year.

12. If you were planning a striped bass fishing trip on the Roanoke River, where would you launch your boat in mid-March? Mid-April? Mid-May?

Generally speaking, mid March, I'd fish the Plymouth/Jamesville area; mid-April, the Williamston/Hamilton area; and mid-May, the Weldon area.

13. What about shore-bound anglers? Is it worth their while to plan a striped bass fishing trip? If so, what should they do?

Because the Roanoke River is bounded by wetlands in most areas, bank fishing generally is restricted to areas adjacent to public boat ramps. There is a public pier in Williamston at Moratuck Park, and at Weldon, there's a good stretch of accessible river bank upstream from the boat ramp. Bait-and-tackle strategies for bank anglers are really no different than for boat anglers.

14. Put an end to the debate: natural baits versus artificial baits.

To be such ravenous feeders, striped bass can be pretty picky about what they eat. Cut bait and live minnows are the baits of choice nearly all of the time, but on some days, striped bass will bite only the freshest bait and ignore anything more than a day old or anything that's been frozen. At other times, artificial baits are just as effective as natural bait. We encourage anglers who use natural baits to use circle hooks, and, in the upper river, single barbless hooks are required. If a striped bass swallows a hook, we recommend cutting the line before releasing the fish and not trying to retrieve the hook.

15. Does your answer about natural versus artificial baits change, depending on whether striped bass anglers are fishing from the shore or a boat?

No.

16. What kind of rod and reel and bait would you use if you wanted to catch a large number of striped bass?

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We recommend that anglers use medium-to-heavy weight rods and terminal tackle so that fight time and, consequently, stress on the fish will be reduced.

If the angler's goal is to catch a good number of striped bass, we would recommend the use of artificial lures. Striped bass caught on artificial lures are generally not deep-hooked as they are with natural baits, so overall catch-and-release mortality generally will be less with artificial bait. Other factors such as high-water temperature and poor handling contribute to catch-and-release mortality so we encourage anglers to be prepared to release striped bass quickly and carefully.

17. What kind of rod and reel and bait would you use if you don't care about numbers but want to catch a very large striped bass?

Again, medium-to-heavy weight rods and terminal tackle. The old adage of big baits catching big fish is very true with striped bass.

18. When is the best time to fish topwater lures for striped bass, and what topwater lures would you suggest striped bass anglers throw at that time?

After striped bass have completed spawning, generally by mid-May, topwater lures can be productive, especially at dawn and dusk.

19. What is the single most important thing a first-time striped bass angler on the Roanoke River should know?

Without question, wear your life jacket. Roanoke River is an absolutely beautiful resource, but it is also unforgiving. Underwater rocks, logs and other debris can flip a boat in a matter of seconds. In the springtime, water temperatures are in the 50s and 60s so even the best of swimmers can be stunned or worse.

James W. "Pete" Kornegay is the anadromous fisheries coordinator for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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FAQs

Where is the Albemarle Sound located? ›

Albemarle Sound, shallow coastal inlet of northeastern North Carolina, U.S. Protected from the Atlantic Ocean by the Outer Banks, it extends (east-west) for about 50 miles (80 km) and varies in width from 5 to 14 miles (8 to 23 km); nowhere is it deeper than 25 feet (8 metres).

Are there alligators in Albemarle Sound NC? ›

A is for American Alligators

The Alligator River, located on the south side of Albemarle Sound, is the northernmost known point in the United States where American alligators live year-round.

Where is the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary? ›

The entire watershed, or drainage area, of the Albemarle-Pamlico region includes approximately 28,000 square miles of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia.

Why is the Pamlico Sound important? ›

The Pamlico Sound, and particularly the portions bordering Hatteras and Ocracoke Inlets, was instrumental in settling the mainland communities of Eastern North Carolina in the 1600s and 1700s as it provided a channel for European ships coming across the pond to deliver goods and supplies to new colonists.

Are there sharks in the Albemarle Sound? ›

The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound system is the largest barrier island lagoon in the U.S. and offers a huge variety of habitat for sharks, from large seagrass beds to river mouths to treacherously shifting inlets. The smaller sounds behind the state's other barrier islands also get a lot of shark use.

Can you swim in the Albemarle Sound? ›

While it is safe to get in the sound water, adults may find it difficult to swim since the water is shallow (knee to waist deep) in most locations. There are parts of the sound that have deeper channels but these are typically frequented by boats.

Is Albemarle Sound fresh water? ›

The Albemarle sound is the largest majorly brackish or freshwater sound in North America. It was a mostly saltwater sound until 1830, when a storm closed the Currituck inlet and limited the flow of ocean water into the sound. The sound is 60 miles long and up to 15 miles across, for a total area of 450 square miles.

What lives in the Albemarle Sound? ›

Large freshwater catfish, pike, bass, crappie and gar are among the exhibit's residents. The Seven Rivers Gallery is an immersive space where visitors weave through life-like cypress trees to explore displays of snakes, alligators and freshwater fishes and turtles.

Are there alligators in the Pamlico Sound? ›

In fact, visitors driving along US 264 and US 64 often spot the small bears lounging alongside the highway or barely visible along the bordering woods. In addition to the black bear, refuge residents include raccoons, rabbits, energetic river otters, and even American alligators.

Are there bears in Albemarle NC? ›

The Bear Facts

North Carolina's Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula has the highest black bear densities in the world.

What is the biggest sound in the US? ›

Pamlico Sound, shallow body of water along the eastern shore of North Carolina, U.S. The largest sound on the East Coast, it is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by narrow barrier islands (the Outer Banks), of which Cape Hatteras is the southeasternmost point.

What are the two largest sounds in NC? ›

The coast hosts two large sounds known as Albemarle and Pamlico, and they are protected by a series or string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks.

Are there sharks in the Pamlico Sound? ›

The catch data also showed that juvenile bull sharks are consistently found only in part of western Pamlico Sound from May to October every year since 2011. In other words, Pamlico Sound fit the definition of a bull shark nursery.

Are there dolphins in the Pamlico Sound? ›

Dolphins and sea turtles are abundant, with occasional visits by seals such as harp seal in early January and February.

How rough is the Pamlico Sound? ›

Maximum depths in the sound are just 26 feet. It is roughly 30 miles across at its widest point and a stiff breeze generates a chop that can be downright nasty and even dangerous. But on a quiet day in a gentle wind, the sound gives you flat-water sailing at its best.

What fish are in the Albemarle Sound? ›

There are many Albemarle Sound fish species, including striped bass, crappie, largemouth bass, weakfish, flounder, and red drum. Stay up-to-date with the Albemarle Sound fishing report so you know what kind of fish you can expect to catch at certain times of the year!

Does Albemarle Sound flood? ›

Overview. Due to low elevation and proximity to waterways, many areas of the Albemarle-Pamlico region are susceptible to flooding. Water levels in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound are driven primarily by wind and tidal influx, which results in unpredictable high tides and storm surges during extreme weather events.

Can you swim in Edenton? ›

In Edenton, you get to live in a quiet, safe, and community-oriented town where you know your neighbors, greet your friends at locally-owned restaurants, go to movies at your locally owned theatre, and spend quiet Saturdays on the water fishing, swimming, and water skiing.

Are there dolphins in the Albemarle Sound? ›

Dolphin Tours Bottlenose dolphin live in the lower Albemarle Sound and in the Pamlico Sound. An almost surefire place to see them is between Oregon Inlet and Roanoke Island, which is why there are several dolphin tour companies operating on Roanoke Island and in Nags Head.

Are there beaches on Albemarle Sound? ›

The Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, the Jockey's Ridge State Park, and the public sound beaches of Colington Harbour all border the Albemarle Sound, and visitors will find ample places to park, launch, and spend a day exploring the open waters.

Is the Outer Banks sound saltwater? ›

The sound is a brackish mix of salt water from the ocean and fresh water from inland rivers, and it's more predictable than the ocean. Its waves are wind-driven rather than brought in by swells from the open sea. It's shallow and warmer the ocean.

Can you fish in the Albemarle Sound? ›

In the rivers of the Albemarle Sound there is abundant crappie fishing and striped bass fishing can be excellent in both the rivers and the sound. In spring largemouth bass fishing can also be good.

What was the Albemarle Sound known for? ›

Albemarle Sound has long supported a commercial fishing industry and is known for its excellent striped bass (also known as rockfish) fishing grounds. The region's towns include Edenton, Hertford, Columbia and Elizabeth City, each with its own charms.

Are there snakes on the Outer Banks? ›

Copperheads, cottomouths and timber rattlers are common to eastern North Carolina, including portions of the Outer Banks. Though they should be avoided in the wild, these venomous reptiles play an important role in healthy ecosystems and are effective in controlling rodent populations.

Are there alligators in the Pamlico River North Carolina? ›

American Alligators are a rare sight on the waters of the Pamlico River, but according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, Beaufort County is considered part of the species' territory.

What is the Albemarle loop? ›

The Albemarle Loop links marinas and waterfront towns on a water-borne journey of nearly 200 miles covering 450 square miles of water. Shallowbag Bay.

What is Edenton NC known for? ›

Edenton has played a key role in North Carolina history throughout the years. It actually served as the state's first colonial capital until the year 1743, making it the center of culture and economy for years. Edenton was also the setting of numerous significant historic events, such as Civil War battles.

How long does it take to cross the Pamlico Sound? ›

Experienced Outer Banks travelers attest that a local ferry ride either to or from the barrier island shorelines is a huge part of the fun, and a relaxing 2.25 hour cruise across the Pamlico Sound is certainly a welcome diversion for many road-weary travelers.

Does Pamlico Sound have tides? ›

9/9/2022: The tide now in Hatteras, Pamlico Sound, NC is falling. Next high tide is 8:55 pm. Next low tide is 3:03 pm. Sunset today is 7:20 PM.

Is the Pamlico River polluted? ›

Since the 1980s, nutrient-related pollution has created water quality problems in the Pamlico estuary. Excess amounts of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus have caused problems including low oxygen levels, extensive fish kills and harmful algal blooms.

Where do the most bear attacks occur? ›

Alaska is the US state with the most bear attacks.

The most updated bear attacks in Alaska statistics reveal that Alaska accounts for 29.6% of all fatal bear attacks in the US. Alaska is one of the few places in the country that has all three species of North American bears living in it: Black Bears. Grizzly Bears.

Where are the most bears in NC? ›

Bears are abundant in the Mountain and Coastal regions of North Carolina, and increasingly common in the Piedmont. Bears live in an area (home range) of 5,000 to 50,000 acres, depending on their gender and the quality of the habitat.

Are black bears in North Carolina aggressive? ›

Black bears tend to be shy and non-aggressive toward humans. There has not been an unprovoked bear attack in North Carolina. However, if frequently fed, bears may become dependent on human foods, which may lead to increased interaction with people.

What is loudest thing on earth? ›

The Krakatoa volcanic eruption: Not only did it cause serious damage to the island, the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 created the loudest sound ever reported at 180 dB.

What was the loudest sound ever on earth? ›

The Loudest Sound, Naturally

The loudest sound in recorded history came from the volcanic eruption on the Indonesian island Krakatoa at 10.02 a.m. on August 27, 1883. The explosion caused two thirds of the island to collapse and formed tsunami waves as high as 46 m (151 ft) rocking ships as far away as South Africa.

What is the quietest sound in the world? ›

Microsoft's main anechoic chamber has the lowest sound level ever recorded. It is just a few decibels off of the lowest sound theorized by scientists.

Are there sharks in the sound Outer Banks? ›

Most sharks found in North Carolina's sounds and estuaries are transient, making a quick trip into the estuary to feed or migrate through. However, some will use the sounds as nursery habitat and their young may stay for months. Here are some species regularly encountered in the sounds.

Is fishing good in Pamlico Sound? ›

The Pamlico Sound, which is the largest body of water in the four regions, is known as the fishing gem of North Carolina.

How deep is the water between Hatteras and Ocracoke? ›

General depths in the middle of the sound are 14 to 24 feet, but shoals extend miles from shore in many places. Bluff Shoal, northward of Ocracoke Inlet, has 7 to 12 feet over it and extends completely across the sound. It is marked by a light.

Are there great white shark in NC? ›

Great whites can be found all over North Carolina's coast. While unconfirmed sightings may have occurred over time, we can only check the official data provided by the OCEARCH organization. For example, in May 2022, some tagged sharks named Ironbound, Tancook, and Ulysses were spotted near North Carolina.

What does the word Pamlico mean? ›

Noun. 1. Pamlico - a member of the Algonquian people formerly of the Pamlico river valley in North Carolina.

Do sharks go into the sound? ›

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What is the water temperature in the Pamlico Sound? ›

Analysis and forecast for Pamlico Sound water temperatures

The water temperature in Pamlico Sound today is lower than the average temperature of 26.85° C (80.33° F) and the temperature on this day last year, 15th September 2021, was 26.8° C (80.24° F).

Why is Pamlico a good place to fish? ›

It is the perfect trip for smaller kids and first-time anglers. We fish on the Pamlico Sound, not out in the Atlantic Ocean, which means you can almost always expect calm water and smooth sailing. This is great for folks who are worried about seasickness or uncomfortable with going a few miles out to sea.

Can you swim in the Pamlico River? ›

While there is water access, swimming is not advised in the Pamlico River for anyone, particularly from this spot. Fishing is quite easily the most popular activity at this park, and ambitious fishermen can hope for smallmouth bass and baiting mullet, as well as crabs.

Is Pamlico Sound navigable? ›

The southernmost part of Pamlico Sound breaks into two separated bodies of navigable water. The most easterly of these two is the long and narrow Core Sound which is bordered on the east by the Outer Banks' most southern group of islands forming the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

How deep is the water off NC coast? ›

About 35 miles off the coast of North Carolina, the continental shelf dramatically slopes off from a depth of approximately 200 meters (656 feet) to more than 2,000 meters (6,561 feet) toward the continental rise and eventually the deep and flat abyssal plain.

How deep is the water in OBX? ›

The continental shelf off North Carolina is narrow, and water about a mile deep is only about 20 miles off the beach at Cape Hatteras.

What lives in the Albemarle Sound? ›

Large freshwater catfish, pike, bass, crappie and gar are among the exhibit's residents. The Seven Rivers Gallery is an immersive space where visitors weave through life-like cypress trees to explore displays of snakes, alligators and freshwater fishes and turtles.

What fish are biting in the Albemarle Sound? ›

In the rivers of the Albemarle Sound there is abundant crappie fishing and striped bass fishing can be excellent in both the rivers and the sound. In spring largemouth bass fishing can also be good.

Does Albemarle Sound flood? ›

Overview. Due to low elevation and proximity to waterways, many areas of the Albemarle-Pamlico region are susceptible to flooding. Water levels in the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound are driven primarily by wind and tidal influx, which results in unpredictable high tides and storm surges during extreme weather events.

Is Albemarle Sound fresh or saltwater? ›

The Albemarle sound is the largest majorly brackish or freshwater sound in North America. It was a mostly saltwater sound until 1830, when a storm closed the Currituck inlet and limited the flow of ocean water into the sound. The sound is 60 miles long and up to 15 miles across, for a total area of 450 square miles.

Are there alligators in Pamlico Sound? ›

In fact, visitors driving along US 264 and US 64 often spot the small bears lounging alongside the highway or barely visible along the bordering woods. In addition to the black bear, refuge residents include raccoons, rabbits, energetic river otters, and even American alligators.

What was the Albemarle Sound known for? ›

Albemarle Sound has long supported a commercial fishing industry and is known for its excellent striped bass (also known as rockfish) fishing grounds. The region's towns include Edenton, Hertford, Columbia and Elizabeth City, each with its own charms.

Are there alligators in the Pamlico River North Carolina? ›

American Alligators are a rare sight on the waters of the Pamlico River, but according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission, Beaufort County is considered part of the species' territory.

Is fishing good in Pamlico Sound? ›

The Pamlico Sound, which is the largest body of water in the four regions, is known as the fishing gem of North Carolina.

Where can I fish in the Albemarle Sound? ›

In the Albemarle Sound area there are two very productive bridges I like to fish, the Albemarle Sound Bridge and Manns Harbor Bridge. Both structures can provide excellent bottom fishing and striped bass fishing year round.

How do you catch striped bass in the Albemarle Sound? ›

How to catch Striped Bass on the Albemarle Sound - YouTube

Does the Pamlico River flood? ›

Many homes and businesses will flood in Washington. Many roads will be impassable, especially those adjacent to the Pamlico River and adjacent creeks. Flooding in and around the town of Washington and in the Whichards Beach area.
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Are there dolphins in the Albemarle Sound? ›

Dolphin Tours Bottlenose dolphin live in the lower Albemarle Sound and in the Pamlico Sound. An almost surefire place to see them is between Oregon Inlet and Roanoke Island, which is why there are several dolphin tour companies operating on Roanoke Island and in Nags Head.

How deep is the water in Pamlico Sound? ›

Pamlico Sound extends south and then southwestward some 80 miles (130 km) from Roanoke Island to Cedar Island and is about 15–30 miles (25–50 km) wide; its greatest depths reach 26 feet (8 metres).

Is the Pamlico Sound salty? ›

The salinity of the sound averages 20 ppt, compared to an average coastal salinity of 35 ppt in the Atlantic and 3 ppt in the Currituck Sound, which is located north of the Albemarle Sound.

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