Over $280 million worth of bitcoin has been moved by a whale after seven years of dormancy. The digital asset is gradually becoming more decentralized as the number of mega-holders steadily declines.
Bitcoin whales continue to beef up activity as the digital asset experiences unprecedented growth.
Whales Waking Up
A new report shows that over 5,000 bitcoins have been moved from a previously inactive wallet address. At the transaction time, bitcoin was trading at $55,000.
This means that the whale transferred over $280 million in value. The transaction fee worked out to just $34 for the mammoth transaction. The amount transferred was the wallet’s entire holding.
Prior to the transfer, the wallet address had been inactive for seven years. This led to comedic suggestions that it’s a case of an early bitcoiner finally remembering their password.
Bitcoin Whales Going Extinct?
The activity has spiked as cryptocurrencies continue to gain the attention of more retail and institutional traders. More people now want to own at least a fraction of what many consider to be digital gold. For this to be possible, there has to be less concentration among holders.
According to the on-chain market intelligence platform, Glassnode, there has been a significant decline in the number of bitcoin addresses holding over 10000 BTC.
At its peak in 2017, well over 128 addresses held 10,000 or more BTC. The numbers have dwindled since. Now, less than 90 addresses hold this amount.
To many, it’s a significant sign that shows that bitcoin is becoming even more decentralized.