PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, British Columbia, June 24 (UPI) -- A Canadian man said he has rediscovered the mysterious rock "face" on a Pacific Rim National Park Reserve cliff first photographed by a kayaker in 2008.
Hank Gus of the Tseshaht First Nation said he began searching for the cliff "face" about two years ago after learning of a kayaker who photographed the rock formation in 2008 but was unable to pinpoint its exact location.
Gus, a Tseshaht Beachkeeper charged with helping visitors to the area with orientation and directions, estimated the face on Reeks Island, part of the Broken Group Islands, measures about 7 feet tall.
"It's quite noticeable from the water; it's pretty large," Gus told CTV News. "It's high up and there's bunch of rock cliffs on the side."
Matthew Payne, program manager for Parks Canada First Nations, said officials are working to determine whether the face was deliberately carved into the rock or a natural formation.
"Mother Nature is capable of creating all sorts of amazing things, though the face is very striking," Payne told ABC News. "But we still can't definitively say if the face is man-made or not."
"The Tseshaht has lived in area for thousands of years, so [we're] working with the First Nations to find out if there are any oral histories the face could link back to," he said.