Have you ever felt like you were being watched, but couldn’t quite place where the gaze was coming from?
That’s probably how a kayaker on Reeks Island, B.C., felt in 2008. Deep within its dense forests, a pair of stone-cold eyes was staring her right in the face. Except they weren’t human; the woman had stumbled upon a mysterious carving of a face etched into a remote, rocky cliff. Not seeing any indication of how it might have gotten there or who may have carved it, the woman sent pictures and coordinates of her discovery off to Parks Canada for them to investigate. Here’s what she saw:
Pretty freaky, right?
The agency passed the findings over to the Tseshaht Beachkeepers, since the carving is located on Tseshaht traditional territory. Two years of tireless searching later, and a man named Hank Gus finally managed to relocate it.
“It’s quite noticeable from the water, it’s pretty large,” he says in the video above.
But his discovery has only served to deepen the mystery around the carving. “It’s high up, there’s a bunch of rock cliffs on the sides. It’s so hard to access,” said Gus.
That begs the question: If it’s so hard to access, how would someone be able to get themselves up there and into a position where they could carve out a piece of art?
Experts with Parks Canada and the Tseshaht community still aren’t sure when the carving may have appeared or even if it was man-made, but Gus believes it resembles a wind spirit, since the face appears to be blowing from its mouth.
Whatever the case, Parks Canada believes the discovery will be a major boon to visitors of the island.
If they can get over the feeling of being watched, that is.