On June 26, on-chain analytics provider Glassnode reported that the number of Bitcoin whales has “experienced a perpetual decline.” This observation from Glassnode further strengthens the notion that the decline in whale wallets holding significant amounts of Bitcoin is an ongoing and persistent trend.
The perpetual decline in the number of whales reinforces the importance of promoting decentralization and reducing the potential for market manipulation by these large holders. Whales typically seek to boost the value of their currency, but often at the expense of others, causing them to fall victim to their market-moving actions.
To counter this, one effective strategy is to monitor their wallets and understand their motivations. Tracking cryptocurrency whales can help investors gain a better understanding of market trends and patterns. However, it is important to note that relying solely on these techniques and making hasty judgments based on whale activity is not advisable.
According to a report by Focus on Business earlier this month, Bitcoin Whales, who are typically known to hold 1000 or more BTC, have witnessed a significant decline in their annual rate of coin holding in recent years. The data presented by StockApps.com further supports this trend, revealing a staggering 60% drop in the number of whales compared to the previous year.
This reduction in the number of Bitcoin Whales indicates a noteworthy shift in the cryptocurrency landscape and highlights changing dynamics within the market. Edith Reads, the financial analyst of StockApps, offered her interpretation of the data. She stated, “The drop in whale numbers suggests that they are offloading their coins and could indicate a bear market in Bitcoin.
However, this could also mean that whales are cashing out due to a decrease in confidence or for other reasons such as diversifying their portfolios or selling for profit.” Her analysis highlights the multiple possibilities behind the decrease in whale numbers, leaving room for different explanations and emphasizing the need for careful consideration of various factors influencing market dynamics.
Prior to the bull market in 2021, there was an all-time high of 2,169 whales holding over a thousand coins. However, the current figure stands at 1,672, marking a 23% decrease or a loss of 497 whales. The decline in whale numbers was notable during the first half of 2021 and remained relatively stable until May 2022.
Following the collapse of the Terra/Luna ecosystem, the number of whales experienced a further decline. Interestingly, despite recent price gains, the number of Bitcoin whales is currently at its lowest level in over three years.
The distribution of Bitcoin wealth, as shown on the Bitinfocharts Bitcoin “rich list,” reveals that most of the richest BTC wallets belong to exchanges. Binance tops the list, holding 248,597 BTC worth approximately $7.5 billion. Although the number of addresses holding less than one coin has increased, a significant majority of BTC remains concentrated in a small number of accounts.
Glassnode’s “week on chain” report sought to determine the active and available BTC for sale. It revealed that only 11.9% of the circulating supply, equivalent to 2.28 million BTC, is held in exchange balances. The short-term holder supply accounts for 13.6% or 2.65 million BTC. However, the majority of BTC, approximately 74.5% of the circulating supply (14.4 million BTC), is being held or is currently unavailable.
These insights shed light on the evolving dynamics within the Bitcoin market, with a decline in whale numbers and the concentration of wealth in a few accounts. While the decrease in whales may have implications for market trends, it’s important to consider various factors and monitor ongoing developments in the cryptocurrency landscape.