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The Joy Formidable 'just belly rubbed' a manatee in Citrus County




We interrupt your preparations for the Mayan apocalypse to bring you an unexpected music-celebrity sighting in Tampa Bay: Welsh rock trio The Joy Formidable, most recently seen melting faces off at this year's 97X Next Big Thing ... is apparently petting manatees in Citrus County.

Earlier today, someone using the group's official Twitter and Instagram accounts posted this photo of a manatee with the caption, "Just belly rubbed one of these beauties!! #lucky" He or she followed it up with a serene river setting, with the caption "Homosassa #justmessingaboutontheriver."

The photos aren't signed, per se, but it appears the manatee-rubber could be singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan, based solely on the fact that on Monday, she also tweeted a photo of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World -- meaning she's in Florida.

We're sure we don't need to remind Ritzy that harassing manatees is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. (It's allowed if the manatee initiates the contact.) A belly rub is a far cry from riding the thing, though, so perhaps she's safe from the law for now.

Further bulletins on JoyFormidableManateeGate as events warrant.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 6:17pm]


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