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Biscayne Bay, a lagoon

Biscayne Bay is a location both in the Showtime series DEXTER and in real life.

It's a large shallow lagoon that separates the city of Miami from Miami Beach, FL.

Season Two

Treasure hunters made the gruesome discovery of body bags in an Underwater Graveyard offshore of Biscayne Bay's northern barrier islands. A marine biologist arrived in Miami to help with the investigation. It was discovered that The Bay Harbor Butcher had docked his boat at a freshwater marina near a populated area of Biscayne Bay. To play it safe, Dexter moved his boat to a different marina. From then on, Dexter dumped his victims' remains into the Gulf Stream, a swift, powerful ocean current. Eventually, the bags ended up in the North Atlantic.

Dexter, Rita, and the kids, often spent time on his boat on Biscayne Bay.

Season Five

Dexter kidnapped Robert Brunner from under the Julia Tuttle Causeway, a bridge that crosses Biscayne Bay. He was going to kill Brunner, until he discovered that he was wearing an ankle monitor which proved that he was not one of Lumen Pierce's abusers. While under the bridge, Dexter thought to himself, “Poor Julia Tuttle, the mother of Miami. They named this bridge after her in her honor, Now it’s crawling with pedophiles and sex offenders. So much for honor.” ("First Blood")

Season Six

Nick was baptized by Brother Sam off the shore of Biscayne Bay ("A Horse of a Different Color"), and later drowned by Dexter in the same location ("Just Let Go").

Season Seven

Dexter is shown giving Hannah McKay a ride in his boat, which frightened her to death. Also, the beaches of Biscayne Bay are shown at various times, such as Hobie Beach and the beach near Papa's Cafe.

Season Eight

In the series finale, Dexter turned off life support for his adoptive sister, Debra Morgan. He carried her body out of the hospital and took her away in his boat, crossing through Biscayne Bay out to sea. As the storm approached, he dropped Debra into the ocean. Sadly, he watched as she disappeared from him forever. He then headed closer to land as the hurricane approached. ("Remember the Monsters?")

Search parties found the wreckage of his boat about a mile offshore of a Miami Beach barrier island -- but not his body. It was assumed that Dexter was dead. In reality, he had survived and faked his own death by taking a motorized life boat to the shoreline of a Biscayne Bay island. He then moved away from Miami, isolating himself from those he cared about, as a way to "protect" them. The last scenes showed him working as a logger in the Pacific Northwest. ("Remember the Monsters?") See: Dexter's Rented Room.

News Report After Storm

Virginia Key, location of Slice of Life wreckage after the hurricane

"The search has been called off for missing Miami Police Forensics Specialist Dexter Morgan, who is now considered a drowning victim by Miami Metro Police officials. The U.S. Coast Guard and Miami Police Dive Team have been searching for Morgan since not long after the man went missing in Biscayne Bay during last week's hurricane.

According to police officials, Morgan's boat called Slice of Life broke up in the storm and was found adrift just off Virginia Key [barrier island]. There was no trace of Morgan on board. It is still unclear why Morgan was piloting the 24-foot Century boat during such severe weather. "The boat was found in open water. Morgan's destination and purpose for being at sea is a mystery," officials said. The boat was found in two pieces drifting away from Virginia Key. "We're not sure what destroyed the boat - but, in a storm like Hurricane Laura, it is not surprising a boat of that size was turned to kindling," Letch said. U.S. Coast Guard said no mayday call was made to Coast Guard from the boat. The Coast Guard did, however, report having responded to over 15 distress calls during the storm. Morgan was not one of them.

The boat was three-quarters of a mile to one mile off shore and the water was about 45 feet deep with a water temperature of about 89 degrees at the surface. Dexter Morgan worked as a Forensic Technician with the Miami Metro Police Department. He was a blood spatter specialist and helped solve many high profile cases in Miami-Dade over the course of several years, including the Bay Harbor Butcher Case."


Biscayne Bay Trivia

  • Biscayne Bay is a shallow, semi-enclosed lagoon that is approximately 35 miles (56 km) long and up to 8 miles (13 km) wide, located on the Atlantic coast of South Florida, near Miami.
  • Most of the bay is a shallow estuary. Freshwater from the mainland mixes with salt water from the sea.
  • Average depths range from six to ten feet.
  • The bridges that cross over Biscayne Bay from Miami to Miami Beach (barrier island) are the Venetian Causeway, MacArthur Causeway, and Julia Tuttle Causeway. Rickenbacker Causeway connects Miami to the barrier islands of Virginia Key and Key Biscayne across Biscayne Bay.
  • In 1975, Biscayne Bay was designated as a state aquatic preserve.

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