Network data shows that Bitcoin sharks and whales engaged in a sell-off worth around $2.2 billion last week.
Bitcoin wallets with 100 to 10,000 BTC have been sold recently
As analyst Ali noted in a post on X, large BTC investors may have reaped their profits recently. The indicator of interest here is the “BTC Supply Distribution”, which tracks the total amount of Bitcoin held by different groups of wallets in the sector.
Addresses or investors are divided into these groups based on the total number of coins they currently hold. For example, the 1-10 coin cohort includes all wallets with a balance of at least 1 and a maximum of 10 BTC.
In the context of the current discussion, the focus is on the range of 100 to 10,000 BTC. The group of 100 to 1,000 coins is popularly called “sharks”, while the group of 1,000 to 10,000 includes whales.
Both groups have significant values, so their behavior may be relevant to the market in general. Although whales are much larger than both and therefore have much more influence on the network.
This is a remarkable amount, and considering that the timing of the distribution coincided with BTC’s last break above the $37,000 level, it seems possible that these key holders participated in this massive sell-off to reap the profits they would have accrued at the meeting.
Sharks and whales also participated in some selling when BTC surpassed $35,000 last month, but both the rate and scale of the sell-off were lower compared to today as the supply distribution for these cohorts plummeted sharply this time around.
So far, though, despite this massive sell-off, Bitcoin hasn’t had much trouble staying around the $37,000 mark. The asset initially suffered a pullback when the sell-off began, as it fell back to $36,000, but quickly recovered.