A FRIENDLY dolphin that looks a little different to a bottlenose.

That's the premise behind Fitzroy Basin Association's latest picture book, Dadhim the Slightly Different-Looking Dolphin.

Aimed at helping children learn about the reclusive Australian snubfin dolphin species, the release of the book yesterday coincided with FLOW Visitor Centre's third birthday.

Fitzroy Basin Association CEO Paul Birch said the organisation's first picture book featuring the iconic Fitzroy River turtle had been popular with local children.

He said there were about 80 snubfin dolphins locally.

Author Julie Cook said she was delighted the species would finally get some wider recognition.

Ms Cook, who also wrote the organisation's first book, said parents and children alike enjoyed the characters.

"I think that little bit of naughtiness, that little quirkiness hits the mark," she said.

Illustrator Marilyn Williamson said understanding how the dolphin moved and what it looked like was essential to creating a fun picture book character.

"I have folders of different parts of research for the book on the dolphin and the Fitzroy Delta," she said.

The book is available at the FLOW Visitors Centre.

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