The Strange Case of the Floating Mermaid House Has Been Solved

Image via AP.

On Wednesday, a wee mermaid house was found floating in the
Gulf of Mexico, about 180 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
On Thursday, the US Coast Guard solved the mystery of its
origin story. 

Granted, the charm of the mermaid house is the
mystery. Anyone can look at it, drifting pristinely along the
sea, and let their imaginations run free. Picture yourself
standing on its tiny dock. Napping inside, lulled by the
undulating waves and cries of fishing gulls. At night, the
surface of the water shimmers with iridescent sea creatures,
their jeweled scales lighting the ocean as the stars light the

Perhaps a beautiful merperson emerges from the depths, clasps
you in their breast-stroke strengthened arms, and introduces
you to the ways of love with someone who has hands, a mouth,
and only fins below the waist. Though we can’t see the little
shack’s interior, assume there’s a crisp sauvignon blanc on tap
and no such thing as Twitter. The mermaid house is as generous
as your vision allows.

Anyway, CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports that it came from
Parrot Key Hotel in Key West, Florida, and got swept away from
their dock during a tropical storm. There were no people
onboard at the time. Riddle solved.

The suspense may be gone, but the dream persists. Float me
further, tiny mermaid house.

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