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Fresno Nightcrawler
Crawler
Still from the original footage
Map of California highlighting Fresno County.svg
Fresno County, California
Background
Type Humanoid
First Sighting Early November, 2010
Last Sighting 2017
Country United States and Poland
Habitat Fresno, CA
Possible Population Unknown
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. In both sightings, it's only seen in video footage. However, a man in Poland has claimed to have seen the creature. It also is said to resemble the Carmel Area Creature.

Sightings

The Carmel Area Creature

The witness, a 60-year-old ex-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 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

Nightcrawlers

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.

Explanations

  • An alien or extraterrestrial being.
  • A new species. Possibly a primate with short arms.
  • A misidentified gazelle standing upright.
  • Pants and/or a puppet on a wire

Description

Fresno nightcrawlers appear to be a 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 quatlity of its 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 backwards bending knees. It resembles the Fresno Nightcrawler.

Origins

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

Media

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"

Hoaxes

Some of the sightings are actually a pair of white pants being puppeted, so therefore a hoax. The alleyway Gif of the Fresno Nightcrawler was a CGI fake. Overall, there is some evidence, but most evidence points towards the Nightcrawler being a hoax. 

Videos

Gallery

Sources

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/fresno-nightcrawlers

https://cryptidz.wikia.com/wiki/Carmel_Area_Creature

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fact_or_Faked:_Paranormal_Files#Criticism

https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article219755195.html



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