Mysterious 'mermaid house' found adrift off Florida
In this Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, a tiny house with a mermaid on the side floats adrift in the Gulf of Mexico south of Grand Isle, La. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 12:09PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:41PM EDT
GRAND ISLE, La. -- The castaway mermaid and her sea creature pals seem friendly enough, but no one wants to rescue their shed that's drifted 200 miles (322 kilometres) across the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard says a tiny floating dock with a painting of a blue-tailed mermaid is considered a derelict vessel after it apparently bobbed from Florida to south of Louisiana.
Petty Officer Brandon Giles says authorities are no longer trying to find the owner and won't tow it to shore.
Petty Officer Travis Magee says several people reported seeing it on Key West, Florida, before it apparently broke loose during a tropical storm.
A Coast Guard release says nobody was aboard.
The landward side features a painting of the mermaid, a sea turtle and an octopus. Above the blue door, a sign appears to include the word "shed."