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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee -- The Coast Guard is asking the public for any information regarding an adrift floating dock that was located in the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 2, 2017.

Update, 9:10 a.m. Thursday

The mystery of the floating mermaid house in the Gulf of Mexico has been solved, the Coast Guard said on Thursday morning.

The floating dock was originally located behind the Parrot Key Hotel in Key West, Florida, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The dock reportedly broke free from its mooring during a tropical storm. No one was on board.

Original story

A tiny mermaid house adrift in the Gulf of Mexico has the Coast Guard perplexed.

The report came in at 1 p.m. Wednesday of a floating dock approximately 180 miles south of Grand Isle, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

An airplane crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., went out to take a look and search for signs of distress. Having found no one home, the Guard issued an alert to other vessels in the area about the drifting object.

And what a delightful object it is.

A provided picture shows a quaint little building with a painting of a mermaid frolicking with marine life on its side.

Anyone with information regarding the floating dock is asked to contact the Eighth District Command Center at (504) 589-6225.