Crocodile-like unknown aquatic animals have been reported in the past; while the 'Bristol crocodile' reports are unlikely to reflect
observations of genuinely unknown animals, could they indicate crocodilians in areas where they are unverified to inhabit? The
illustration depicts a form of 'marine saurian' reported in the Indo-Pacific and is by Tim Morris.
Bradley Stoke town councilor Tom Aditya claimed to have recorded video of the purported crocodile at the mouth of the River Avon in October. However, the camera suspiciously pans away from the object several times and it is rather dissimilar from the appearance of a common crocodile. While cryptozoological researcher Dale Drinnon suspects that the footage may show displaced seal, the object appears to be nothing more than wood debris to me. The latest alleged photograph of the 'mystery crocodilian' was taken by jogger Tamara Blanco, who claims to have obtained the image when she suddenly noticed something in the water. She said that she "wanted to stay to see it properly but there was no one around and [she] just didn't feel comfortable." The object in the photograph itself does bear a superficial resemblance to a basking crocodile, but it also looks like it may have simply been a small object draped onto the water. Dale Drinnon suspects that the alleged alligator is either a model or a piece of wood, and points out that the appearance and position of the apparent eyes are dissimilar from those of crocodilians. Following the encounter, Tamara apparently recollected that others had reported such a reptile in the area before, and she discovered the recent allegations after searching on the Internet. Is it possible that she misidentified an object in the water and later came to believe that she had seen and photographed the famed 'Bristol crocodile' due to the expansive media hype? I suspect that similar scenarios have occurred before in regard to this local 'legend'. But perhaps this is not the case and a displaced reptile genuinely inhabits the River Avon. Further investigation will be needed in order to confirm or deny this concept, but the prospect is not looking probable at the moment regardless of what media outlets claim.