UPDATE 8/3/2017 — Mystery solved! News 5 just got an update from the Coast Guard. The dock floated all the way from Key West, Florida. The dock broke free during a recent storm.
According to Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee, someone reached out to the Coast Guard and sent them the following photo, showing the mermaid-themed dock in the water behind the Parrot Key Hotel:
NEW ORLEANS (WKRG) — A pretty unique sight in the Gulf of Mexico has the U.S. Coast Guard stumped.
A Coast Guard crew spotted a floating dock drifting about 180 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. Right now it’s anyone’s guess where it broke free.
Take a look at the picture posted above, and you’ll see it’s probably a one-of-a-kind dock. The side has a painting of an underwater scene that features a mermaid, an octopus and a sea turtle.
The Eighth District Command Center in New Orleans received the initial report around 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew to get a better view of the dock.
If by any chance you know who might own this dock, the Coast Guard would like you to give them a call at (504) 589-6225.