Slick, algae-covered stones, a slide into sterling water and then splash—
There are things in the muck—soft, squishy things! Slippery and wet and squirming! Miniscule lake monsters crawl through the mud, slide through the water like silk over skin. They are cool and slimy, fast but gentle—catchable not by a violent leap, but by a slow scoop of water dribbling out from between the hands.
Life in your palms! A soft body squirming against your fingertips! Its skin is warmed by your touch, until you dunk it into the water—back to the cold of its sludgy home.