Bitcoin Short-Term Jitters: Are Whales Losing Interest?

Divided by conflicting on-chain data, analysts debate whether Bitcoin whales are accumulating or nearing a sell-off.

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  • Bitcoin’s price has been stuck for weeks, but is this a buying opportunity or a sign of an impending crash?
  • Analysts have been puzzled by recent whale activity, a major factor in Bitcoin’s price movements.
  • While some data suggests whales have lost interest, a recent buying spree hints at a possible reversal.

Bitcoin’s price has been hovering between $60,000 and $64,000 for weeks, presenting a buying opportunity for investors eyeing a peak in the current bull cycle. However, recent on-chain data paints a conflicting picture of whale activity, a major factor influencing Bitcoin’s price movements.

Whales’ Enthusiasm Wanes

Large investors, or “whales,” holding over 1,000 BTC significantly bolstered Bitcoin’s price through consistent buying, particularly during market dips, throughout the beginning of 2024. This activity fueled bullish sentiment and prevented major price corrections. 


However, data from IntoTheBlock, an on-chain analytics firm, reveals a concerning trend: the volume of Bitcoin accumulated by whales has shrunk with each buying cycle over the past month.

The most significant buying spree occurred between March 5 and 7, with whales acquiring over 120,000 BTC. Every subsequent price dip witnessed a decrease in whale accumulation, with the recent drop to $56,000 failing to attract a notable buying response. 

This decline suggests that whales might have lost some short-term interest in accumulating more Bitcoin.

Recent Uptick Suggests Re-Accumulation Phase

However, a recent post from blockchain analytics platform Santiment indicates a potential shift. According to Santiment, large investors holding between 1,000 and 10,000 BTC collectively purchased over $941 million worth of Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. This resurgence in buying activity signifies a potential re-accumulation phase for whales following a period of profit-taking.


This conflicting on-chain data has divided crypto experts. Some analysts, like Willy Woo, believe investors are accumulating Bitcoin again, but a confirmation of the trend reversal might take a week. Others, like Ki Young Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant, view the recent whale activity as the beginning of a new bullish era.

On the other hand, some analysts at Bitfinex crypto exchange believe selling pressure might be waning, potentially leading to a price recovery. This aligns with the increased positive inflows observed in the United States spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund market in the past week.

Concerns Linger About Waning Whale Conviction

Despite the recent uptick, the initial decline in whale buying activity raises concerns about a potential reversal into a bearish trend. Some analysts even speculate that Bitcoin might have peaked in this cycle. While lower whale buying activity could stall price increases in the short term, it doesn’t necessarily guarantee a major crash. 

However, continuing this trend for several months could signal weakening market demand. While a drop below the current support level of $59,000-$61,000 could cause losses for many holders, most crypto analysts remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s long-term prospects. 

The coming weeks will be crucial in determining the short-term trajectory of Bitcoin’s price. Whether the recent whale buying signals a renewed accumulation phase or a short-term blip remains to be seen.

On the Flipside

  • Short-term profit-taking by whales could be a buying opportunity for smaller investors seeking to accumulate at lower prices.
  • The declining whale buying activity could be due to investors waiting for a deeper price correction before accumulating more Bitcoin.
  • The positive inflows into the US spot Bitcoin ETF market could indicate renewed institutional interest in Bitcoin, which could help offset any potential selling pressure from whales.

Why This Matters

Whales have been a key driver of Bitcoin’s price surge in 2024. Recent data showing a decline in their buying activity, followed by a small uptick, creates uncertainty. This conflicting picture raises concerns about waning whale confidence, potentially impacting Bitcoin’s price trajectory in the coming weeks and influencing broader market sentiment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the technical indicators used to forecast Bitcoin’s price, this is the article for you:
Bitcoin Sees Choppy Waters Ahead: Are Bulls Out of the Race?

Are you curious about what analysts think caused the recent upswing and where Bitcoin is headed next? Check out this article:
BTC Wows With Incredible $10K Jump: Will the Rally Continue?

This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.