Bitcoin whale has conducted a transaction, racking up an astonishing $3.1 million in network fees.
The on-chain data reveals that a transfer involving 55.76 BTC (approximately $2.1 million) incurred a fee of 83.65 BTC, setting a new record for fees on the BTC blockchain.
The transfer with the 83.65 BTC fee | Source: Whale Alert
The fees in question pertain to the transaction fees mandated for all Bitcoin network senders, acting as compensation for miners processing the transfers.
The standard fee attached to a transfer depends on the network’s current traffic conditions. During periods of heightened blockchain activity, fees tend to rise, requiring users to pay more for expedited transactions.
Recent Bitcoin network activity has been robust, driven not only by market rallies but also by a resurgence in transactions.
While the average transaction fees have spiked, reaching around $10.5, they pale in comparison to the astronomical $3.1 million witnessed in this recent transaction.
The colossal fee is likely a result of an error or oversight by the sender, a common occurrence in outlier transactions.
In a similar incident in September, stablecoin issuer Paxos mistakenly paid over $500,000 in fees, setting a record before the recent anomaly.
Whether the mining pool, Antpool, responsible for this transaction will follow the precedent set by F2Pool in returning the fees remains uncertain, as no official statement has been made.
Miners have been reaping the rewards of increased network activity, making significant deposits during this fee surge.
The surge in total transaction fees has prompted miners to aggressively expand their computational power, known as “hashrate,” capitalizing on the current lucrative conditions.
As of now, Bitcoin is trading at around $37,200, reflecting a 1% increase over the past week. The mystery behind the staggering network fee and the potential resolution of this peculiar transaction remain undisclosed, leaving the community curious about the motivations behind such an unprecedented financial move.