The success of the Shibarium blockchain so far has led to Shiba Inu whale activity rising once more. These whales have been making large transfers carrying trillions of SHIB tokens worth tens of millions of dollars. This heightened activity, while interesting on its own, is also leading to positive sentiment around them due to their destinations.
Shiba Inu Whales Moving Away From Centralized Exchanges
A number of large Shiba Inu transactions were highlighted by the popular whale tracking account on X (formerly Twitter) called Whale Alert. The first transaction took place on Saturday, September 2, a couple of days after the Shibarium blockchain went public and started growing.
The transaction saw a total of 4.36 trillion SHIB tokens moved from the Bitvavo exchange to an unknown wallet. This transaction was worth roughly $37 million at the time and was speculated to be moved to a private wallet for holding.
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) September 2, 2023
This is because when crypto users move tokens toward centralized exchanges, it is often to sell due to the deep liquidity. While moving tokens from centralized exchanges to private wallets is often for holding while investors wait for the market to recover.
Another similar transaction was then flagged on Monday, September 4, carrying almost the same number of SHIB. The 4.615 trillion SHIB worth $35.69 million was also moved from the Bitvavo exchange to an unknown wallet, presumably for safekeeping.
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) September 4, 2023
These transactions could signal that the whales are expecting the Shibarium network to grow and positively affect the price of SHIB. The meme token is already showing signs of this recovery its trading volume rose 14% in the last day.
Shibarium Continues To Grow
Shibarium was launched in late August but despite an initial rocky start, the network seems to have taken it in stride and bounced back stronger. The activity on the network saw its Total Value Locked (TVL) quickly surpass $1 million.
This was brought about by high activity in decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols such as DogSwap and MARSWAP. The former currently boasts over 50% of Shibarium’s TVL with the latter not too far behind at 26%.
The network has also crossed the 1 million wallet market in addition to transactions on the blockchain reaching the same figure. However, the TVL has taken a hit to fall from the $1.42 million figure recorded on August 30 to be sitting at $1.05 million at the time of this writing.
While the figures may be slowing for Shibarium, it may not mean a total lack of interest. Shibarium was launched in a deep bear market climate, which is one factor that could now be limiting its growth as prices fall.