location: Rescued at Sea
(The name means "Miracle" in English, and that seems a deliberate choice on the part of the writers, considering the semi-miraculous nature of Dexter's rescue at sea, and the woman's comment about God looking out for him.)
They shot the scenes of Dexter in the water (and probably the close-ups on the boat's deck), at Berth 60, the same small dock where they filmed the lake of fire scene last week.
They've used this dock often in the past, including the scenes back in Season 2, when Dexter threw away the Barbie doll head that Rudy had given him, and where the divers recovered the remains of the Bay Harbor Butcher's (Dexter's) victims.
For the beach scenes, where Dexter and the refugees jump into the water and wade ashore, they moved to Cabrillo Beach - which is less than a mile from (southwest of) Berth 60.
Cabrillo is a sheltered, east-facing beach on the west edge of the L.A. harbor, just southwest of the Cabrillo Marina, at the far southeast corner of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
They used CGI to insert a fake background of the Miami skyline on the horizon of one shot (possibly concealing San Pedro's industrial harbor), which explains the slightly ghost-like appearance of Miami in that view .
The solo shot of Dexter walking out of the water onto the beach also has a certain CGI look to it, and I suspect that they digitally erased the horizon in that shot as well.
But in another shot, where they are jumping from the boat into the water, you can clearly see the San Pedro harbor behind them, in the distance (including, if you look closely, a glimpse of Trinity's warehouse).
The boat was at least 300 yards off Cabrillo Beach when the actors jumped off. But for the wading-onto-the-beach scenes, they just had the actors wade safely into the water (from the beach), and then wade back onto the beach.
I shot these photos of Cabrillo Beach in 2009:
(The large ship that you see below was sailing into the L.A. harbor that day, escorted by two tugboats.)
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
This time, Rick let
me know they were filming down at Cabrillo Beach, and an anonymous
tipster filled me in on the details that I mentioned above. (Thanks, Rick!)
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