A cryptocurrency behemoth, dormant since Ethereum’s initial coin offering (ICO) in 2015, recently resurfaced. In the ICO, the crypto whale acquired 8,000 ETH ($15 million as of today), marking an intriguing move within the digital asset realm.
This awakening commenced with a modest trial transfer of a single Ether ($1,900), reported by blockchain watchdog Lookonchain. Post this successful test, the remaining 7,999 ETH were transferred to a new address, marking the whale’s re-entry into active Ethereum trading.
Originally, the whale’s investment was a nominal $2,500, acquiring ETH at $0.31 per token during the ICO. Today’s Ethereum value suggests an astounding 591,900% return on the initial investment, underscoring cryptocurrencies’ volatile and high-yield nature.
Interestingly, the new Ethereum wallet has a minimal transaction history. Aside from the recent 8,000 ETH transfer, it boasts a lone incoming transaction of 207 ETH ($390,000), sourced from an inactive wallet since 2017, just before the grand transfer.
Speculations about the motives behind this consolidation remain rife but need clear evidence. No trace of these funds being directed toward an exchange or any decentralized exchange sales.
Such activity is not unprecedented. Earlier, an Ethereum ICO participant staked $7.4 million following a dormant period, as per CryptoGlobe. The recent activity could signal the whale’s bullish stance on Ethereum and potentially the wider digital asset market.
Interestingly, this event aligns with the embattled crypto lending platform Celsius, seeking to retrieve its Lido-staked Ether (stETH) tokens from the liquid staking platform, Lido, following the introduction of withdrawal capabilities.
The Ethereum network also spotted another mystery – an entity operating a Maximal Extractable Value (MEV) bot, accruing significant revenues and network gas fees. Named jaredfromsubway, this MEV bot operator, according to EigenPhi, has exploited Ethereum blockchain traders since February 27, amassing a staggering $40.6 million in revenue and $34.5 million in profit.
In this rapidly evolving crypto sphere, it is imperative to watch such movements that may serve as precursors to broader market shifts.