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In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, we chat with writer Daniel Kraus, who let his imagination run deep into the ocean after hearing a wild news story about an encounter between kayakers and a whale. And we get the backstory to Kraus’ new novel Whalefall, about a man who finds himself in the belly of a sperm whale.

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Daniel Kraus, author of the novel <em>Whalefall</em>.
Daniel Kraus, author of the novel Whalefall. Suzanne Plunkett/Courtesy Tandem Literary