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  • 27 June 2014, 16:37

Bristol 'Crocodile' Resurfaces In New Photo

A woman has taken one of the clearest pictures yet of an elusive 'crocodile' believed to be lurking in the River Avon.

Tamara Blanco, 29, was enjoying a run along the riverbank near Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge when a dark, sinister, reptilian shape suddenly reared out of the water.

Ms Blanco, who works as a shop assistant in the city, quickly took a picture of the 'beast' before it quietly slipped away.

The Bristol Croc, as it has become known, has been spotted several times by members of the public in recent months.

An initial sighting by a bus driver prompted Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan to tweet that police were conducting a search of the riverbank.

Officers found nothing - but two days later, a local mother also claimed to have seen the croc.

Local councillor Tom Adityathen took a video of what appeared to be the savage monster.

The two-minute film shows a long, dark, scaly object, which bears a striking resemblance to a log, apparently swimming against the river current.

Producers of a new comedy-horror flick about crocodiles terrifying residents in Somerset insisted they were not orchestrating a publicity stunt for their film.

Now Ms Blanco's picture has re-ignited interest in the 'Beast of Bristol'.

Crocodiles traditionally live in hot continents such as Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia and can grow up to seven metres long.

Zoologist Dr Adam Britton told the Bristol Post it was possible for a crocodile to survive in British waters, although it would not last long.

"Assuming it's a genuine sighting, it would almost certainly have to be an escaped or released pet," he said.

"Crocodiles are resilient creatures - they can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and can even survive brief periods of freezing temperatures.

"The animal would be extremely lethargic under those conditions.

"It's a challenge for any crocodile to survive those conditions and it's unlikely to last long."

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