What could it be? The mysterious object floats down the river in the town - leaving hundreds of people speculating as to what it is and where it came from
It was a mysterious sighting that left the locals intrigued. And before long a large crowd had gathered in Bridgwater to catch a glimpse of the 'unidentified floating object' in the town's river.But the rumours of a rival to the Loch Ness Monster have not just caught the imagination of residents.
The Somerset town and its mystery invader have become a sensation on internet sites and Twitter.
People across the globe are now speculating just what the creature might be - and why it managed to cause such a stir.
Crowding on the Town Bridge, hundreds of people peered into the murky waters of the River Parrett to try to discover what the object was.With such a commotion going on in their town, the local paper seized the opportunity with a lead story on their website about what was happening.And from there the story took off.
Locals in the town speculated that it was a dead pig or turtle, while others reckoned it was a dolphin.
Another onlooker thought the object was a stone, while one said he believed it was a dog.
The local newspaper website's story was soon inundated with comments asking why such a story could be headline news - and speculating as to the identity.
One wrote: 'Believe me, it will be the most exciting thing that happens in Bridgwater for decades.' And Twitter users who had noticed that the story was now a trend on the site then added their own views on the story.
Some suspected that a new breed of animal known as a 'turtle-pig', a combination of the two, could be the most likely explanation.
Taking a look: A large crowd gathered on Town Bridge in Bridgwater to try to discover what the unidentified object floating in the river was
And user Matt Crivelli tweeted: 'Bridgwater, well done for reinforcing everyone's stereotypical view of Somerset...'
The town residents shrugged off the mockery, being more concerned with what the object in their river was.
One local, Coral Pople, told the local newspaper: 'I've been here for 45 minutes. Everyone was saying it was a turtle, but it looks more like a pig to me.'
Andrew Coles told the paper he thought somebody had jumped into the water, and heard rumours a body was in the river.
He said: 'I think it was a pig or cow’s head. But I heard people saying ‘look, you can see a hand!’ But I think it was just the animal’s ears flopping around.'
A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: 'We were made aware of a large number of people looking into the river.'
In 2009 a similar number of onlookers gathered at the bridge after a dead cow was spotted floating near the banks of the river.
Bridgwater has become an internet sensation with news of the mysterious sighting