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Observers tallied a total of 2,692 California sea otters for the 2006 spring survey, led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The 2006 total showed a 1.6 percent decrease in otters from the 2005 count of 2,735. It is the second year of small decreases since a record high number of otters were observed in spring 2004.