Tiny mer­maid-painted shed ap­par­ently drifted 200 miles af­ter trop­i­cal storm

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The Coast Guard says a tiny float­ing dock sport­ing a shed with a paint­ing of a blue-tailed mer­maid now is con­sid­ered a derelict ves­sel af­ter it bobbed across the Gulf of Mex­ico.

The build­ing ap­par­ently drifted 200 miles from Florida to south of Louisiana.

Petty Of­fi­cer Bran­don Giles says au­thor­i­ties no longer are try­ing to find the owner and won’t tow it to shore.

Petty Of­fi­cer Travis Magee says sev­eral peo­ple re­ported see­ing it in Key West, Florida, be­fore it ap­par­ently broke loose dur­ing a trop­i­cal storm.

A Coast Guard news re­lease says no­body was aboard.

The land­ward side fea­tures a paint­ing of the mer­maid, a sea turtle and an oc­to­pus. Above the blue door on one end, a sign ap­pears to in­clude the word “shed.”

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