Hank Gus had heard that somewhere on a cliff in the Broken Group Islands of British Columbia there is a huge face jutting out of the rocks. It was first reported by a kayaker who stumbled upon it in 2008.
The American kayaker saw the face and then sent an email to Parks Canada to report the sighting, according to the First Nations newspaper Ha-Shilth-Sa.
The kayaker wrote:
I went in closer to shore........through kelp to explore a small gap in the rocky shore on the southeast side of Reeks Island. Suddenly I saw what you see in the picture. A face! I almost fell out of the kayak!
An archaeologist was sent to inspect the face in 2008. But he couldn't get close enough to determine whether it was man-made or a natural phenomenon.
The Broken Group Islands are part of the traditional territory of the Tseshaht First Nation. They consist of over 100 islands spread out near Vancouver Island.
Gus is a member of the Tseshaht First Nation and he works as a Tseshaht Beachkeeper. They provide orientation to kayakers and other visitors, among other duties. He has spent the last two years patiently searching for the face in the rocks.
Finally, a few weeks ago, he spotted it high up on a cliff.
Here's a closer look.
A few weeks after the discovery, the CEO of Parks Canada arrived to see the face in the rocks for himself. Gus was all smiles.
How the face got there is still a mystery. Rough water and a rocky shoreline still prevent anyone from getting close enough to fully inspect it. But that doesn't matter to Gus.
"It's really a great discovery, but it's also an inspiration for all the visitors that come to Broken Group Islands," he told CTV News. "It doesn't matter if it's natural or manmade. It just looks really nice to share with others who come and visit us."