Bettina's Take: The 2nd Annual Oceana Hamptons Splash Event

It's over 90 degrees out and we're suffocating from the heat. Is there anything better than jumping into a cool, crystal clear ocean? The ocean is way up there on many people's lists of favorite places. It provides us with physical and spiritual nourishment. We need our oceans to survive. Yet we treat them with terrible disrespect, and the situation is getting desperate.

Fact: There is a garbage spill the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean made up of mostly plastic bottles.

Fact: Since the 1950s, 90 percent of the big fish—such as sharks, tuna and swordfish—are gone. In 1960 a swordfish weighed 266 lbs; today it weighs 90 lbs.

Fact: Nearly half the people on the planet—some 3 billion— rely on fish as a primary source of protein.

Fact: As a result of ocean acidification, all coral reefs could be gone by the end of the century. And 25 percent of all marine life depends on coral reefs.

Luckily, there are people out there who are motivated to stem the tide (if you'll pardon the pun) of destruction that humankind has wrought. Oceana, a wonderful organization dedicated to saving and preserving the oceans for future generations, held its second annual fundraiser in Southampton on July 30, at the beautiful seaside home of Margie and Michael Loeb.


Ted Danson, who has been involved with helping the oceans since the 1980's, was there to help get the message across.

"I want the world to understand a few things. First, our oceans are at a tipping point. They're in real trouble. But in the same breath we should realize that despite the doom and gloom, this is a problem we can fix. There is still time to save our oceans and that’s the point I really want to drive home," said Danson.

"I've been doing this work for 25 years. It hasn't always been easy. In fact, it rarely ever is. But it has been an amazing journey for me. I'm proud of everything that Oceana has been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time,” said the actor and activist. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but we're starting to turn the tide. And I think that’s pretty cool."

That really is pretty cool. So was the performance by Adrian Grenier with The Honey Brothers. Grenier is the drummer in this Indie band, and yes, he's gorgeous in real life, and talented too.

"I love Oceana because it does what it says," Grenier told me. "It's one of the few not for profits that actually delivers on its promises. Instead of a lot of rhetoric and speaking about big, unattainable, larger than life ideals, it sets very realistic goals and it achieves them."

The volunteer behind the extensive buffet asked guests to try two different kinds of fish, both labeled snapper, to try to determine which was actually snapper, raising awareness of seafood fraud, a big problem in our restaurants and stores. One of Oceana's goals is to stop the deliberate mislabeling of seafood.

Marcia Mishaan, looking gorgeous in Lanvin, is also an Oceana devotee.

"It's an important part of our world, of our food chain," said Mishaan "It's endangered, we need to pay attention, we need to do what we can.

If you'd agree and you'd like to help, please visit oceana.org. it's not too late to save our oceans.

Photos: The event's scenic beach setting (top center); Susan Rockefeller, Ted Danson, and Cristina Cuomo (bottom right)