Or is it a croc-like log? As interesting as this would be, the evidence does not actually lend itself to the conclusion that there is a large reptile living in the River Avon.
A series of somewhat unlikely sightings of a six-foot-long crocodile have been reported in the area since February.
But this week comes some of the most solid proof of all – in the form of this picture taken by jogger Tamara Blanco.
The 29-year-old was running along the River Avon when she snapped what looks like a crocodile’s head and snout emerging from the water under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Experts note that an alligator is more likely than a crocodile (which prefer warmer water). It’s not impossible that it’s a large reptile but it is unlikely. Note that it’s never seen out sunning itself to get warm which is what they must do. In this picture, it does not really resemble the eyes and snout of an animal. The eyes are the highest point on the skull and you don’t see that clearly. Also, you see none of the animals back. Therefore, the evidence just doesn’t add up when you examine it carefully.
However, the tales of the creature, accompanied with the occasional log, is more likely the (less exotic) explanation for the Bristol croc.