In 2005, the Australia TV program Message Stick gave an account of the Pool through interviews and testimonies of witnesses to investigate the prevalence of deaths to young male travellers over the years. The pools have taken 17 lives since 1959. The local council urges visitors to stay within a designated swimming area to be safe.
The Devil's Pools are home to a Yidinji Indigeous Legend, which states how the Babinda Boulders were formed.
The tale is about Oolana, a young woman from the Yindinji Tribe. After being promised to a respected tribal elder, she met a handsome young warrior called Dyga from another tribe and fell in love. They fled their tribes and escaped into the wilderness to continue their affair. Elders searched for them and they were captured. Dyga was dragged away. Oolana escaped and was in despair. She threw herself into the Devil's Pools and her anguished cries turned into the pools torrents.
Locals believe that Oolana's spirits still haunts the Devils Pools, pulling young men to their untimely deaths.
A sign warns of the dangers of swimming there because the water is deep and fast flowing through channels and over underwater rocks but deaths still occur – some by swimming, others by falling in unexpectedly, many being wedged in a rock "chute". On 30 November 2008, Tasmanian naval seaman James Bennett became the 17th person to drown at the site since 1959.
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