The Violet Snail is a predatory sea snail found in warm seas around the world (Gastropods.com 2011
, Gofas 2011
, Sealifebase 2011
). In the Eastern Pacific Ocean, it is found from British Columbia south to Hawaii (Lamb and Hanby 2005). It is a surface-dwelling species that drifts in the open ocean, and often occurs in large groups or rafts (Wikipedia 2011
). It is "a member of the Janthinidae family, snails that trap air bubbles with a layer of clear chitin to maintain their positions at the surface of the ocean where they are predatious on the hydrozoans" (Wikipedia 2011).