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Fresno Nightcrawler
Still from the original footage
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Fresno County, California
Type Humanoid
First Sighting Early November, 2010
Last Sighting 2017
Country United States and Poland
Habitat Fresno, CA
Possible Population At least two

The Fresno nightcrawler, also known as the Fresno alien, is a cryptid that has made two appearances so far, one in Fresno, California and the other in Yosemite National Park, also in California. In both sightings, it's only seen in video footage. However, a man in Poland has also claimed to have seen the creature.


The Carmel Area Creature

The witness, a 60-year-old former marine yet to be named and his wife were driving near Carmel on December 12, 2014, when they came up over a hill and saw a 7' tall slender, gray creature which is now known as the Carmel Area Creature.

The unnamed witness said the following:

"We recently bought a place in the Fort Hill area (in southeast Highland County). We first noticed after about 30 days of living here that we suddenly have a perfect circle that stays fresh green, no matter what weather, in our front yard. On Friday night (the 12th), we were driving home. After turning on Carmel Road, which leads to our road, we went around the curve by the Carmel church and then up a small incline and approximately 10 feet over the incline and in front of our truck, the 'alien' ran across the road and into the woods."

There have been many possible sightings of the Nightcrawler in the form of the Carmel area creature, a thin, armless, pale white humanoid creature seen in Ohio


The creature has also been spotted in Yosemite where footage was again taken from what appears to be another security camera. This time there are two creatures, one being very small (less than .5 meters), and the feet of the creatures can be clearly seen. As well as what appears to be some sort of webbing connected from the knees to the upper body on at least.

The cryptid has also been videotaped in Poland, this time from what appears to be a handheld camera judging from the shakiness of the footage. The creature can not be seen for too long but appears to have similar traits to the larger one taped in Yosemite.


  • An alien or extraterrestrial being.
  • A new species. Possibly a primate with short arms.
  • A misidentified deer standing upright.
  • Pants and/or a puppet on a wire
  • A bird walking like a crane.
  • A person wearing big pants and walking on stilts


Fresno nightcrawlers appear to be relatively short creatures (approx. 1.5 meters) with most of their height being made up of their legs as they possess an extremely small upper body. It is hard to find details in the upper body of the cryptid due to the poor quality of the footage. It is an extremely thin, white humanoid with no discernible arms. A larger specimen appears to have webbing connected from each knee to the torso. The cryptids appear to have very short, thin, and stilt-like feet. It is hard to judge the exact characteristics of the cryptids in the footage due to poor quality. The Carmel Area Creature is tall and gray, with presumably no arms and long, muscular legs. It is bipedal and walks in an odd manner with its backward bending knees. It resembles the Fresno Nightcrawler.


While there have been claims that they are a part of Native American folklore in the region, this has been debunked.

The first sighting of a Fresno nightcrawler happened in Fresno, California, by a man named Jose. After being woken up by his barking dogs, Jose observed the Nightcrawlers on his front lawn through CCTV. He woke up his brother to rewatch the footage. After, his brother claimed to have seen small footprints outside, but by the time investigators made it to the site, all evidence was washed away. After the initial sighting, the original CCTV footage was lost. The only remaining footage is a grainy video recorded from a monitor.

Jose had a surveillance camera watching his front lawn and looked at the camera when he heard a dog barking.


The Fresno Nightcrawler is most known for being one of the two featured video cases on the second episode of Syfy's Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files. The team deemed the Nightcrawler "unexplainable". It is also now considered a "fun urban legend" and an "endearing addition to pop culture"


Some of the sightings are actually a pair of white pants being puppeteered, therefore, a hoax. The alleyway GIF of the Fresno Nightcrawler was created by Youtuber Captain Disillusion by walking down an alleyway with a melon and then using digital manipulation to remove the top half of his body, his purpose to demonstrate how easily videos of cryptids can be falsified.